ACT to introduce plug-in hybrid fire truck in 2022


Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

ACT to introduce plug-in hybrid fire truck in 2022

The ACT will be the first jurisdiction in Australia with an electric fire truck, following the ACT Emergency Services Agency signing an agreement with Rosenbauer to deliver a plug-in hybrid electric fire truck in 2022. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said the new truck will include a range of features to ensure the safety and comfort of ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters.

“This new fire truck includes a walk in, walk out entry to support firefighters’ backs and knees as they enter and exit the vehicle. Firefighter safety and comfort is at the forefront of the design of this new truck, and it will feature a better use of its internal space and greater crew protection in comparison to the existing vehicles in our fleet,” Minister Gentleman said.

Minister Gentleman added that the ACT is leading the nation in showing how emergency services organisations can transition to zero-emissions fleets, following the state government’s commitment to reaching a target of net zero-emissions by 2045.

“Investments in new technology like this plug-in hybrid electric fire truck are crucial in achieving our target. Transitioning just one of our existing trucks to an electric fire truck is forecast to reduce diesel fuel consumption by about 185,000 litres over a 10-year period,” Minister Gentleman said.

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