Australia’s first low-emissions fire truck is here.
One of the newest vehicles in the ACT Fire & Rescue fleet, the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck, is the first of its kind in Australia.
The vehicle runs on electricity, with enough battery capacity to operate continuously for up to two hours. If more range is needed, an on board diesel electric generator supplies the vehicle with power for up to six hours - giving the vehicle the same operational capability as a conventional diesel pumper.
This vehicle is the most modern firefighting vehicle in the world. The design incorporates many state of the art features including electric drive and pumping capabilities making it incredibly unique and municipal.
The safety of our firefighters and the community are paramount, and the safety features of this vehicle are second-to-none.
The next-generation vehicle supports the ACT Government and ACT Fire & Rescue’s commitment to zero and low emissions vehicles as we work towards a sustainable and environmentally responsible future.
Revolutionary in design and engineering.
Engineered from the ground up, the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck brings innovation at every level, putting staff and community safety at the forefront of the next generation of emergency vehicles.
The ergonomic set up of the appliances is also driven by firefighter safety and our ambition to embrace diversity by catering for a wider range of employees through ergonomic design and the clever application of technology.
The design provides street level entry which reduces injuries to firefighters due to climbing in and out of fire trucks with heavy equipment on their backs. The electric motor is silent reducing noise and vibration for firefighters.
The reduction of noise, vibration, and CO emissions will greatly improve work health and safety across all ESA workplaces and makes it easier for crews on the ground to operate. The reduction in carbon monoxide from the firefighters work area is a key driver for electrifying our fleet.
Ergonomic by design.
The street-level door makes entering and exiting the vehicle safer than ever before and reduced gear stowage compartments promote easy lifting.
Integrated technology at every level.
Modern technologies including electronic rear-view mirrors, and advanced driver assistance aids promote road safety.
A state-of-the art cabin and crew compartment supports collaboration and communication with rotating driver and passenger seats.
At an incident, the vehicles pump and lighting is powered entirely by the battery, reducing possible exposure to emissions.
Servicing the Canberra community from the city centre.
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck will be temporarily located at the West Belconnen fire station whilst the new Acton station is built. Upon completion of the build, the vehicle will be stationed at the new Acton station.
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Electrical. And lasting.
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck has a charging capacity of up to 150 kW, which means that the built-in batteries can be recharged in no time at all. This means that purely electric and therefore emission-free shortrange operation is not a problem, even when used very frequently in big cities. Due to the built-in range extender, the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck can also run on diesel when needed, without any limitations.
The batteries of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck can be charged with three-phase alternating current (AC: 11 kW or 22 kW) from a high-voltage industrial socket, without the need for a special adapter. The high-performance high-voltage batteries also provide sufficient output for external consumers. Several external devices with a combined power consumption of up to 18 kW can be operated simultaneously via the power outlet.
When the vehicle comes to a standstill, the engine is automatically deactivated. The lighting and equipment are powered directly by the batteries. This greatly reduces the noise level at the scene of the emergency, making it easier for the crew to work, reducing stress, and benefiting nearby residents. The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck’s electric drive is not only powerful, but also emission-free. The batteries ensure that no fuel is combusted while driving.
In the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck, the combustion engine has not merely been replaced by an electric one. Instead, a completely new drive concept is revolutionizing the architecture of the tank firefighting vehicle, with numerous positive effects. The drive concept enables a lower center of gravity and a more balanced axle load distribution. This gives unprecedented cornering stability and thus reduces the risk of accidents while driving.
Maneuverability is of the utmost importance for municipal emergency vehicles, especially in urban areas. With the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck, engineers have pushed the limits of what is possible. No other vehicle with comparable extinguishing and transport capacities has such compact dimensions or an equally small turning radius.
The revolutionary vehicle concept of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck offers both ergonomic and tactical advantages - for less physical strain on the emergency crews and for greater operational success.
- Convenient entry and reduced strain when lifting
- Minimized removal heights
- Electric ladder lowering device
Variable rear loading space and deep equipment space
The position of the pump room has been moved forward in the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck, creating additional equipment compartment with a low loading edge in the rear of the vehicle. This results in even more storage space at a low height, with heavy equipment needing to be lifted less often.
1,500l water capacity.
The Plug-In Electric Fire Truck features a water tank and pump, just like a conventional pumper. Fitted with an all-electric pump capable of moving 3,500l of water every minute.
The cockpit and crew cabin were also redesigned to ensure the greatest possible interaction between the crew members.
Communicative cabin structure
- The cockpit has a rotating driver and commander seat.
- The crew cab is not spatially isolated from the cockpit.
- These two features enable a conference seating arrangement for improved communication.
Passive safety - the crew cabin
A completely new type of crew cabin with a rugged design ensures a high level of passive safety in the event of an accident.
Step-in instead of step-up
With a distance of just 260 mm between the road surface and the cabin floor in operational mode, it has never been easier to enter or exit a tank firefighting vehicle. The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck eliminates the need for fold-down steps, ladders and stairs. This reduces the risk of injury and long-term stresses on firefighters.
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck is breaking completely new ground in order to make the vehicle’s controls and firefighting equipment even safer and easier to use as well as to improve the coordination of the emergency crews.
Revolutionary operation: intuitive - digital - networked
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck is at the center of its own communication system. It also features intuitive, easy-to-use touchscreens. In addition to conventional switches, a customizable actuation button ensures maximum simplification.
Active safety - the assistance systems
Drivers of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck are supported by a large number of assistance systems that help
avoid accidents in difficult situations.
- Electronic rearview mirrors with a significantly increased field of vision, to eliminate blind spots
- Full view to the rear thanks to an integrated rear-view camera and automatic object recognition
A clear view around the fire truck is a basic requirement for successful and safe operation. The integrated high-performance LED strips with their powerful luminosity ensure shadowless illumination of the operating environment and, in many scenarios, even make a lightmast superfluous.
In addition, the cornering lights make it easier to see pedestrians when driving. This increases the protection of pedestrians and actively helps to reduce the risk of accidents on the way to the scene of the emergency.