Brampton to be first municipality in Ontario to use an electric-powered fire truck
By CFF StaffDepartment News News
June 17, 2021, Brampton, Ont. – On June 16, Brampton City Council approved Brampton Fire and Emergency Service’s plans to replace a front-line pumper with a Rosenbauer RT, a fully electric-powered fire truck.
Brampton is a “Green City,” and is dedicated to improving sustainability and being a leader in environmental innovation. The Rosenbauer RT is the first fully electric-powered fire truck available on the market that is able to meet current firefighting standards. Brampton will be the first municipality in Ontario to use an electric-powered frontline emergency response vehicle, joining other world-class cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Dubai, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
The truck’s technology will allow Brampton fire crews to generate zero emissions while responding to emergencies not only during travel, but also while on site. The elimination of emissions onsite protects both the environment and the health and safety of the firefighters on scene by reducing the intake of carcinogens.
Additional features of the fully electric vehicle include the ability to raise and lower ride heights, similar to a passenger bus, allowing for ease of entry into the vehicle. This feature also reduces the reach height for firefighters to access equipment while on site. The ride height can be lowered to 6.8 inches and raised to a height of 18.5 inches, allowing for flood response with no chance of water entering the engine. The new fire truck will help crews to maneuver more efficiently in tight locations and on narrower roads in new subdivisions, and will deploy the latest in ergonomic technologies, improving the health and safety of firefighters.
The new electric fire truck is planned to be stationed at the new, state-of-the-art Brampton Fire Campus, which is currently under construction. The City will receive the truck in late 2022.
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