The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is going electric.
The first electric fire apparatus has been put into operation, the service announced today.
The SFRS received half a million pound funding from Transport Scotland to launch the prototype into production.
The contract to build the low-carbon vehicle was recently awarded to Emergency One in Ayrshire, a spokesman said.
The features of the E1 EV0™ (Electric Vehicle, Zero Emissions) are world class. The design and manufacture of the device will be fully compliant with British standards for fire and rescue vehicles.
It will have the same capacities and equipment as a diesel model and will be able to intervene in the event of an emergency:
• It has a range of approximately 220 miles on an 80% charge, which is equivalent to driving from Dunbar to Dundee and back
• It has a range extender to pump water out during a prolonged incident and ensure it can return to the fire station
Stewart Nicholson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief NCO, said: “We are delighted to be commissioning our first electrical appliance with the support of Transport Scotland.
“This innovative project is the first step on a long journey to discover how we can potentially move away from fossil fuel-powered devices.
“The Service has defined its environmental objectives and we are committed to reducing carbon emissions from our fleet.
“There are already more than 100 electric cars in our light fleet, but this is our first foray into low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles.”
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative development and I am delighted to be funding it through our partnership with Scottish Enterprise, which supports the decarbonisation of heavy duty vehicles at across Scotland.
“The public sector should be seen as leading the way in this type of work, demonstrating that the stringent operational demands of service vehicles, often working in harsh conditions, can indeed be met without reliance on fossil fuels alone.
“I look forward to seeing the Electric Fire Apparatus deployed in communities as a beacon not just for the Fire Service’s journey, but for Scotland’s wider transition to a net zero society.”
The prototype is due to be delivered to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) later this year and is expected to go on the run with a crew in early 2023.
The host station remains to be confirmed. Suitable locations to house the electrical appliance charging infrastructure are being sought.
Michael Madsen, Managing Director of Emergency One, said: “We are proud that the Emergency One E1 EV0™ (Electric Vehicle, Zero Emissions) is the world’s first all-electric pumping device fully certified to BS EN1846. .
“The EV0 exceeds standard requirements for range and zero-emission pumping performance, while the optional on-board smart charger provides resilience during prolonged incidents.
“The EV0, as specified for SFRS, has the same inventory as a traditional pumper, is one of the first of its kind in the UK and the first to feature an innovative rear drive axle installation fully electric.
“Some of our employees who also work locally as retained firefighters have been able to work on this project and it’s great to have their operational knowledge on hand throughout the design process.”
SFRS is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 6% each year until 2030. This project is part of the long-term goal of being carbon neutral by 2045:
• It is estimated that an electric appliance will reduce emissions by 66% compared to a diesel appliance
• A diesel-powered device will omit approximately 10.79 KgCO2e over a typical distance of 10 km
• An equivalent electrical device will omit 3.46 KgCO2e on the same journey
Andy McDonald, Head of Low Carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scottish Enterprise has worked with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for several years through our Can Do innovation approach supporting industry collaboration. throughout the procurement process It’s been great to see the project come to fruition and the fire department begin the journey towards developing and deploying their first electric fire apparatus.
“Emergency One manufactures it in Scotland and Scottish Enterprise has also supported this innovative company to develop its world-leading technology. Our vision is to help more public sector fleet owners develop similar approaches, as decarbonising commercial vehicles heavy duty is a key area of focus for Scottish Enterprise as we work to deliver net zero savings.