The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to become the first department in North America to purchase a fleet of electric fire engines.
Austrian firm Rosenbauer has developed the vehicles. They will be custom made to fit the specific needs of the LAFD, including the safety standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.
The sleek-looking trucks will have two massive batteries with a charge capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours which should give the vehicles around two hours of consistent operation.
Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck was first presented to the public in 2016.
A statement released by Rosenbauer said:
“As a fire truck of the future, it anticipates major mega-trends such as climate change, demographic change, and urbanization, as well as the challenges that these entail for fire departments”.
The LAFD has said that it expects to take delivery of the new machine in early 2021 and that the first one will be attached to Fire Station 82 in central Hollywood.
Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas (pictured) said in a statement:
‘I am excited that we are the first Department in North America to order this cutting-edge fire engine.’
‘The electric fire engine is an innovative tool that will help reduce noise and harmful diesel emissions while providing a flexible tool for firefighting and rescue operations from a technologically advanced platform.’
‘We are looking forward to evaluating it in a real-world environment once it hits the streets of Hollywood next year.’
The truck will also have a diesel generator on board, just in case it is deployed to an incident where an extended operational period is needed over and above the two hours worth of battery life.
Station 82 will be fitted out with rapid-charging points, ensuring that the truck can be quickly recharged before being sent out on the next job.
Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International, said in a statement:
‘The future fire truck is fundamentally different from the vehicles which are in service at the fire stations today.’
‘It is multi-functional, fully connected, and its flexible interior can be used as a fully-featured command centre.’
‘Its floor can be lowered, facilitating minimum boarding and working levels. Electric engines reduce noise and pollution.
‘I am particularly delighted to receive the order from the Los Angeles Fire Department, which really is a fantastic vote of confidence.’
‘Together, we will develop a production-ready fire truck that meets all the safety standards of the NFPA and can seamlessly be brought into real operation further down the line.’
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