The City of Vancouver is officially home to Canada’s first electric fire engine.
Called the Rosenbauer RTX Pumper Truck (try saying that three times fast), the vehicle is now operating out of Strathcona’s Firehall No. 1.
“The new electric fire engine demonstrates innovation, safety, health, and responsive service delivery can all be prioritized,” says Karen Fry, Fire Chief and General Manager of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, in a statement. “This is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment that will enhance our capability to protect people and property, and substantially improve the health and safety of firefighters.”
Hailing from Austria, the truck is narrower than traditional ones, making driving it around the city easier and smoother. It also emits less noise, and has adjustable suspension for better entry and exit (as well as access to on-board equipment).
This truck is part of the City’s climate initiative, which includes reducing fleet emissions to 60 per cent below 2007’s levels by 2030. As diesel and gas vehicles continue to be replaced, the City will be incorporating more and more electric alternatives. Currently, 10 per cent of the City fleet is e-powered.