July 29, 2022 By FFIC Staff
July 29, 2022, Toronto — Toronto Fire Services is working with Safetek Emergency Vehicles and the REVGroup to design and acquire two fully electric fire pumper trucks. When delivered,Toronto Fire Services will be the first fire department in Canada to have fully electric,North American-style fire pumper trucks in their fleet.
“Toronto Fire Services is pleased to be working with Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd.and the REV Group Inc. on the design and delivery of our first fully electric pumper trucks.These trucks will have the same functionality and capabilities as our other pumper trucks but will leverage leading-edge electric vehicle technology. This is an important investment in the future of world-class fire protection in Toronto while taking proactive steps to support the City’s Climate Action Plan goals,” said Toronto’s Fire Chief Matthew Pegg in a press statement.
The electric pumper trucks, known as the VectorTM, represent the latest in green, energy-efficient technology for the daily use of fire services. Equipped with 316 kilowatts (kW) of proven automotive-grade batteries, these trucks will deliver the longest electric pumping duration in the industry, enabling Toronto Fire Services crews to drive and pump almost exclusively on electrically generated power.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) 1901 – Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, the VectorTM battery storage solution allows for a complete NFPA compliant pump test. Operationally, these fire trucks are very similar to the existing fleet, eliminating the need for specialized training and making them almost immediately operational once delivered.
With these new additions to the fleet having low to zero carbon emissions, Toronto Fire Services will further support the TransformTO plan to be achieved by 2030 with this addition to their fleet.
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