The ACT government has officially received its first fully electric emergency services vehicle, provided by Volvo in a collaboration between the two companies.
The state hopes to lead the way in adoption of these vehicles, as it looks towards becoming a national leader in innovation and sustainable technology in the transport industry.
With goals of net zero emissions under the ACT Climate Change Strategy, the territory government sees these trucks as a big part of reaching 33 per cent emissions reductions by 2025, 66 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2045.
State minister for police and emergency services Mick Gentleman says that he holds plenty of pride for the moves his government is making.
“The world around us is rapidly changing, and to lead by example and take another step towards creating a sustainable future is a milestone for the ACT and our Emergency Services Agency (ESA), and one we are very proud of,” he says.
“With the arrival of this vehicle in the ACT, carried by a zero-emissions truck, it is clear that we are not only taking big steps to reach this achievable goal but helping reduce emissions nationally.
“I am proud of the work we have done to get here and hope that other states, territories and countries around the world will follow in our footsteps.”
The electric breathing apparatus truck, delivered this week, is one of seven vehicles currently being developed in conjunction with Volvo for the state’s emergency services.
They will be rolled out into operation across the next seven years, with hopes to become a permanent part of the fleet.
“As well as delivering zero-emissions, these vehicles have been designed with firefighter safety and comfort front of mind with improved ergonomics, such as easy to access storage areas, and reduced exposure to diesel particles,” Gentleman says.
“This ultimately provides long-term health benefits to our first responders. Supporting our first responders is the first step in ensuring community safety.
“Our emergency services staff and volunteers are outstanding members of our community who deserve the safest and best working environments to complete their life-saving work.
“With the electrification of the ESA fleet this can and will be achieved, ensuring a safer ACT in the process.”