City of Victoria Fired Up to Welcome First Electric Fire Engine

August 11, 2023

Fire Chief Daniel Atkinson at Victoria Fire Department Headquarters.

VICTORIA –  The City of Victoria is proud to be one of the first municipalities in Canada to purchase an electric fire engine to add to its growing electric vehicle fleet.

The City is taking steps to prepare for the arrival of the Rosenbauer Revolutionary Technology (RT) pumper fire engine, which is currently being assembled and is expected to arrive by the end of the year.

The electric fire engine will be stationed at the new Victoria Fire Department Headquarters and public safety building on Johnson Street where a dedicated 25-kilowatt direct current fast charger will be installed, capable of rapidly charging the engine between runs.

The electric fire engine has a battery range of 100 kilometres and is equipped with an onboard diesel range extender. This innovative feature will automatically engage if the charge on the batteries falls below 20 per cent, allowing the fire engine to operate continuously without limitations when responding to emergencies.

Two other Canadian fire departments, Vancouver and Brampton, have ordered RT electric fire engines, and they are already in use in other cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai.

The City’s Climate Leadership Plan sets a target for 80 per cent of the City’s fleet to be electrified or renewably powered by 2040 and is making strides towards this goal by more than doubling the number of EVs in 2023 compared to last year. The City is expecting to receive more than 20 EVs this year, including 10 work vans that will go into service early this fall, and recently welcomed a new Ford Lighting and two Chevrolet Bolts to the fleet.

The City gratefully acknowledges the grant funding from the Province of British Columbia’s CleanBC Commercial Vehicle Pilots Program, which will cover 33 per cent of the total cost of the electric fire engine and charging infrastructure. The total cost of the electric fire engine is approximately $1,700,000. Funding from the Province will bring the City’s cost in line with that of a traditional fire engine.

The electric fire engine will be in operation in 2024.

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