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Victoria receives their first electric fire truck

By CFF Staff   

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June 3, 2024, Victoria, B.C. — The city of Victoria’s first electric fire truck has rolled into its new home at the fire department headquarters.

The new fire truck will help reduce emissions by about 20 tonnes per year and represents a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by electrifying or renewably powering 80 per cent of its vehicles by 2040, the city said in a release.

“Adding this electric emergency response vehicle to the fleet marks a historic moment and start of a new era for Western Canada’s oldest fire department,” said Victoria Fire Chief Dan Atkinson in the press release. “Our fire department is proud to be a leader amongst Canadian municipalities with one of the country’s first electric fire trucks.”

The truck is expected to run 95 per cent of its calls in full-electric mode with zero emissions and virtually no noise.

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An onboard diesel generator will automatically engage when the battery drops below 20 per cent during an extended firefighting response, ensuring no break in service, the city said in its announcement.

The apparatus is expected to be in service this summer once all staff have completed hands-on training.


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