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Los Angeles Fire Department Is The First To Order New Electric Fire Engines

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.’

What do you think of the truck? Let us know in the comments below

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WATCH: The Police Actually Tested Flying Motorbikes!

If you are interested in technology of the future, then you probably won’t be surprised to hear that in the last few years, Police in Dubai have been testing flying motorbikes. 

The police in Dubai are renown for their use of high-powered sports cars, and they are always the first to try out ground-breaking technology that most other polices forces around the world would not touch with a barge pole. 

But these ‘flying police motorbikes’ (which are basically drones) could change the face of policing! 

Imagine seeing one of these ‘flying motorbikes’ responding to a fail to stop where the suspect is trying to get away from the cops on his 125cc moped. 

Unless the police also happen to be on a motorcycle, then the chances of little Jonny getting away are relatively high; especially as he goes off-road and heads down an alleyway that even an urban fox would struggle to squeeze through. 

But if the police had one of these flying machines, then little Jonny would stand no chance of getting away, so he probably wouldn’t even try it in the first place! 

Who is going to try and run from a flying cop?! You would have to be mad to try and give it a go because your chances of escaping would be very slim. 

I’m not sure that when you next head to Dubai, then you are actually going to see these flying through the air. 

But if/when they do come into service, then I will be one of the first people to move to Dubai so that I can try and join the Dubai Police force just because I want to fly around on one of these!

Police test flying motorbike

Up, up, and away! Police in Dubai are testing this flying motorbike:

Posted by CNN Business on Sunday, December 10, 2017

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The US Reveals New ‘Space Force’ Logo — And It Looks Very Familiar

Having served in the military myself for just under six years, I always knew that a time would come when countries around the world started to introduce their respective ‘space forces’.

It was always only just a matter of time.

Anyone who follows military technology and new technology, myself included, will tell you that the future is out there (in space).

It is only a matter of time until spacefarers start to explore this solar system and maybe in around 500 years, other solar systems too.

So it was no surprise to me when Donald Trump announced that he wanted to be the founder of the US Space Force (I bet Trump is a MASSIVE Star Trek fan).

I am guessing that, for the moment at least, existing space-orientated departments in the US military which carry out various space-borne tasks will be amalgamated into this new division until the time comes when technology will allow quick-and-easy (and inexpensive) access to space.

What DID surprise me with the new Space Force, however, was that they appear to have gone straight to Star Trek for their inspiration when it came to developing their new logo!

The similarities are evident and apparent.

I reckon Donald must be a keen Star Trek fan himself and probably insisted that the US Space Force logo should look like the Star Trek one.

Knowing the military fraternity as I do, then I am sure they would have baulked at the idea of ‘lifting’ the Star Trek logo and adopting it for themselves.

I am sure that ‘Spock’ must be doing his nut!

If you ever want to get a glimpse into the future, watch the hundreds of sci-fi films and documentaries which are floating around at the moment.

They will give you a glimpse into the far off and distant future….

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