Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga to get North America’s first electric fire trucks – San Bernardino Sun

Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga will get the first electric fire trucks in all of North America, with LA intending to install them in Hollywood this year, and Rancho aiming to install them in a new fire hall that is slated to open. at the end of 2023.

“This will be the future of firefighting,” said Deputy Chief Wade White of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

They will be produced by Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer and will be the first trucks to incorporate a fully electric transmission.

Still, each will come with a small diesel engine, just in case.

Currently there are only three such fire trucks – the model is called Revolutionary Technology – in the world. One is in Berlin, another in Amsterdam and Dubai has the third.

The base cost of a Rosenbauer RT is $ 900,000. With the extra bells and whistles the two Southern California fire departments want, their electric fire trucks will each cost just under $ 1.3 million.

The design of the fire truck will attract the attention of viewers.

From the front, the truck retains the traditional look. But seen from the side, it could be confused with a city bus. Los Angeles will showcase the agency’s traditional red coat of paint, while Rancho Cucamonga’s will be white like the rest of the city’s fleet.

While standard trucks typically operate their gear and gear on racks exposed on the sides of the truck, the RT’s equipment sits inside compartments that can close while driving, making the truck appear larger. .

A few members of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District traveled to Berlin to test the truck on streets much narrower than those in the United States. Still, the truck performs surprisingly well in tough situations, said Rancho Cucamonga Fire Chief Mike McCliman.

In December 2020, Rosenbauer brought an RT truck to Dodger Stadium for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“We have to drive it and kick the tires,” White said. “The Hollywood Hills are narrow and with the tight turning radius (the truck) will be perfect for navigating the area.”

It remains to be seen if the RT will have any drawbacks compared to a standard truck, McCliman said. How will the truck react on different terrains, in wild areas, in urban and metropolitan areas?

Each RT will be adapted to the departments. This allows for almost identical replication of equipment and pipe placement.

“Our team will not have to adapt to a new setup,” said McCliman.

The two built-in batteries can be recharged quickly. The integrated range extender, the small diesel engine that powers a large generator, allows the truck to extend its electric range and pumping operations. The trucks will have 33 gallon diesel tanks.

In Berlin, McCliman said, the truck pumped on electricity for over an hour, drawing water from the canals without the range extender triggering.

“We would be electric pretty much all the time (at Rancho Cucamonga),” McCliman said.

When the truck stops, the engine is automatically deactivated, while the lighting and equipment remain powered by the batteries. This reduces the noise level, which is particularly beneficial at the scene of an emergency where crews need to concentrate.

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