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The United States’ first all-electric fire engine arrives in Los Angeles

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

LAFD officials and local dignitaries gathered at the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Museum in Hollywood for Fire Service Day and to welcome firefighters from Austrian-based Rosenbauer, a construction company that makes tools and equipment for firefighters.

Assistant Fire Chief Wade White said the agency ordered firefighters in 2020, with its originally scheduled to arrive in 2021, but the coronavirus pandemic led to complications.

At the time of purchase, there were only three such Rosenbauer fire engines or trucks in the world, in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai. Other manufacturers may have produced somewhat similar. But with respect to the United States, the LAFD’s version is the country’s first all-electric fire truck, or engine, the company says.

The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District followed shortly after purchasing its own Rosenbauer, which was expected to arrive in 2023.

LAFD chief Kristin M. Crowley said the engine is a step towards a greener future for Los Angeles.

“The new electric fire engine is an excellent platform for our department to test the future of alternative energy … and allows our department to move forward,” Crowley said.

The fire engine has two batteries with a charge capacity of 100 kW, which enables it to operate fully for about two hours. There is an onboard diesel generator as a backup for the battery. The fire engine also comes with a smaller diesel engine – just in case.

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