The first all-electric fire truck in the United States arrives in Los Angeles – Daily News

It was a historic day in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 14, with the unveiling of the fire department’s newest addition to its fleet – the nation’s first all-electric fire truck.

LAFD officials and local dignitaries gathered at the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Museum in Hollywood for Firefighters Day and to welcome the fire truck from Rosenbauer, an Austrian company that makes tools and equipment for firefighters.

The agency ordered the fire truck in 2020, which was originally scheduled to arrive in 2021, but complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic got in the way, Deputy Fire Chief Wade White said.

At the time of purchase, there were only three Rosenbauer cars or fire trucks worldwide, in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai. Other manufacturers could have produced similar ones. But as far as the United States is concerned, LAFD’s version is the country’s first-ever all-electric fire truck or engine, according to the company.

The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District followed soon after with the purchase of its own Rosenbauer, which is expected to arrive in 2023.

  • LAFD Chief Chief Kristin Crowley and Mayor Eric Garcetti show off the department’s new electric fire truck — the only one like it in the United States — on Fire Services Day, Saturday, May 14 2022, at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFD Chief Executive Kristin Crowley introduces the new...

    LAFD Chief Chief Kristin Crowley shows off the department’s new electric fire engine — the only one like it in the United States — during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the fire station in firefighters 27 in Hollywood. Chief Crowley drove the new platform to the station. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department introduces first all-electric vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. Above, firefighters including Chief Kristin M. Crowley, fourth from left, and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, fourth from right, pose with the new engine. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • LAFD Chief Kristin Crowley and a young girl pose...

    LAFD Chief Chief Kristin Crowley and a young girl pose in front of the department’s new electric fire truck – the only one like it in the US – on Fire Services Day, Saturday May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Contributing Photographer)

  • LA Fire Chief Kristin Crowley meets a young girl and...

    LA Fire Chief Kristin Crowley meets a young girl and her mother during Firefighters Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. Behind them is the LAFD’s new electric fire truck. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. Above, a child enjoys the driver’s view. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. Above, a child is seated in the front. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • A family meets with Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley at a...

    A family meets with Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley during Firefighters Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 on Hollywood Boulevard. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases North America’s first all-electric fire truck during Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. The new electric truck was custom-made for the department. Above, Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley drives the LAFD Museum’s new engine to Station 82. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Angeles Fire Department Introduces First All-Electric Vehicle...

    The Los Angeles Fire Department showcases the first all-electric fire truck in the United States on Fire Department Day, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood. (Photo by Rick McClure/Contributing Photographer)

LAFD Chief Kristin M. Crowley said the engine was a stepping stone to a green future for Los Angeles.

“The new electric fire truck is a great platform for our department to test the future of alternative energy…and sets our department on a green path,” Crowley said.

The fire truck is equipped with two batteries with a charging capacity of 100 kilowatts, which allows it to operate fully for about two hours. There is a diesel generator on board as a backup for the batteries. The fire truck also comes with a small diesel engine, just in case.

The base cost of a Rosenbauer RT – or Rosenbauer Real Technology – is $900,000, with agencies able to customize them. LAFD’s electric fire truck cost about $1.2 million.

The engine is automatically disabled when it is stationary, although lighting and equipment remain powered by the batteries, reducing noise levels, which the chef says is important when working crews. urgent need to focus.

“It will reduce the noise and bring it down to almost zero when it comes to diesel emissions,” she said. “We’re actually going to create the space for our firefighters to be healthier around our fire trucks.”

The fire truck largely retains the traditional look with a coat of red paint. It has a tight turning radius. The vehicle can also move up and down to meet terrain-dependent needs, Crowley said, unlike other motors in the city’s fleet.

He was assigned to Fire Station 82 in Hollywood, where crews have been training for the past few months to operate the engine in anticipation of his arrival, Scott said. The station will serve as a test site, as officials closely monitor how the fire truck handles the narrow roads of Hollywood Hills.

At the end of the ceremony, Crowley drove the engine to Station 82 – where crews continued a long-standing tradition of pushing the fire engine into the bay of the device that will be its new home.

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