Brampton getting first fully electric fire truck in Ontario

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Published June 16, 2021 at 11:15 pm

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Brampton is set to make some emissions-free Ontario firefighting history.

The city announced Wednesday that it is adding a Rosenbauer RT, the first fully electric-powered fire truck on the market, to its firefighting arsenal. The City of Brampton will receive the truck late next year and it will be stationed at the Brampton Fire Campus, which is under construction.

The Rosenbauer RT can run for close to 100 kilometres on battery power, and respond to several emergencies on a single charge. Since it does not emit emissions, that will reduce  boththe firefighters’ intake of carcinogens while battling blazes and the effect on the environment.

“The truck has many exciting features, from reducing carcinogens on scene, to the latest in ergonomic technologies, and will help enable us to become a leader in environmental sustainability,” Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bill Boyes said in a statement. “We look forward to using it to protect our community.”

The electric truck will replace one of Brampton’s front-line pumpers. 

Like many passenger buses, the Rosenbauer RT’s ride height can be lowered and raised to improve ease of entry, and make it easier for firefighters who are already wearing heavy protective gear to access equipment. The ride height can vary from 17 cm to 47 cm.

Amsterdam, Berlin, Dubai, Los Angeles and Vancouver are among the other cities who have added electric fire trucks.

Brampton is an innovative city, and we are always looking for new ways to improve upon our sustainability and protect our residents and staff,” said Wards 1 & 5 regional councillor Rowena Santos, who serves as the city’s chair of community services.

“The new fully electric fire truck will reduce risk and improve the health and safety of our dedicated Fire and Emergency Services team, and reduce emissions in our community. We are proud of Brampton Fire being a trailblazer on green technology.

(Screenshot from CNN Business.)

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