California Department Decides Against All-Electric Fire Apparatus

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The Menlo Park (CA) Fire District has opted to not move forward with purchasing what would have been its first all-electric rig. After getting to take a look last week, a vote of 3-2 against purchasing the rig was the deciding factor in not going ahead with the acquisition. The all-electric fire apparatus was expected to cost over $1 million.

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The Menlo Park (CA) Fire District recently demonstrated an all-electric fire apparatus and the department’s chief also announced plans to add one to the department’s fleet by the end of 2021.

The truck made its United States debut at FDIC International 2017 and is manufactured by Rosenbauer.

Although the drive line is electric, it uses diesel to fuel its generator for the rigs backup battery.

The district’s chief said the department plans to make changes to the unit to fit the department’s needs and will test it first as a rescue truck for for as a pumper for fighting fires.

Although the cost of the rig is about $1.2 million, department representatives claim it will save money in the long run because the electric motor does not require fluids, filters, or fuel.

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