Rancho FD welcomes first electric fire engine

Rancho Cucamonga Fire District will be the third agency in North America to house an electric engine. Photo/courtesy of City of Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga Fire District announced a Rosenbauer RTX Electric Fire Truck will join its vehicular fleet once Fire Station 178, located near the Tierra Vista Towne Center along Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga, opens in spring. The agency will become the third in North America to house an electric engine.

“We are proud to incorporate the Rosenbauer RTX into our fleet, as it aligns with our commitment to minimizing the exposure of toxic air contaminants and safeguarding our firefighters from harmful chemicals,” said Rancho Cucamonga Fire Chief Mike McCliman in statement. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and firefighters.”

The Rosenbauer RTX is the first fire engine to incorporate an all-electric drivetrain; is supported by an energy backup system that can recharge batteries for extended operations, emergencies, and natural disaster response; incorporates ergonomic and tactical advantages; and can change from a low center of gravity street-based fire engine to an off-road height fire engine with 4-wheel drive capability the RCFD news release read. Firefighters will store their gear in the engine’s outer compartments, reducing exposure to carcinogens.

More information is at cityofrc.us/news.


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