LAFD unveils new electric fire truck becoming first department in US to have electric fire engine
By The Big Magazine Staff
The Los Angeles City Fire Department is now the first in the country to have a Rosenbauer electric fire engine. The Department unveiled the truck outside the LAFD historical museum in Hollywood.
The fire truck was custom-made by Rosenbauer, a manufacturing company in Austria that builds tools and equipment for firefighters. The agency ordered the fire engine in 2020, with it originally to arrive in 2021 but complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic got in the way. LAFD’s electric fire engine cost approximately $1.2 million.
At the time of the purchase, there were only three such Rosenbauer fire engines or trucks in the world, in Berlin, in Amsterdam and in Dubai. Other manufacturers might have produced somewhat-similar ones. But in regard to the United States, LAFD’s version is the first ever all-electric fire truck or engine in the country, the company says.
In addition to its lack of emissions, the truck is quieter and smaller in width than standard fire trucks and has a tight turning radius.
The electric fire truck will be assigned to Fire Station 82 in Hollywood.
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