As the Centralia ARES team is nearing it’s completion deadline for our newest communications van, Comm III, we enlisted the capable help of the guys at the Centralia City Shop to help install the outside graphics on the van today. Terry, the shop supervisor and his able assistant, Matt, are a joy to work with. No matter the problem or issue, they are willing to help. Today, besides the graphics, they checked the battery system on the van and replaced a mirror.
The graphics package comes from Awards West Printware in Centralia and include 12 separate decals to cover both sides and the back doors. Each graphic has to be placed into its proper spot, leveled, and taped down. Once this is done, the backing is carefully removed and the decal is gently and SLOWLY smoothed out making sure no tiny bubbles show up. The shop had it all done in a little over two hours this morning. We treated them each to a $15 coffee card (probably not nearly enough for what they did) and thanked them as many times as we could.
With graphics installed, we’re down to hooking up the radio storage batteries, installing the overhead and desk lighting, and placing one last cabinet. We are getting so close, we can smell the finish line. We’ll have both of our communications vans, Comm II and Comm III at this year’s Seattle Communications Academy on Saturday, April 14th so be sure and stop by and say hello.