The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will be purchasing a $1.2 million electric fire truck to use in Hollywood.
The Concept Fire Truck (CFT) was created by Austria-based Rosenbauer Group with the intention of addressing changes in firefighting. The fire truck will cost the LAFD $1.2 million dollars, which is the same amount as its typical aerial ladder truck, LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey told the Los Angeles Times.
The model was also on order for use in Menlo Park, California, but was vetoed by the town board due to cost concerns.
The CFT is set to be the first of its kind in North America and the third in the world, LA Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a YouTube video posted by the LAFD. The Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck had a demonstration in the city last fall but will now be optimized and customized to fit the needs of the LAFD while still meeting the National Fire Protection Association safety standards.
“We believe it’s a good fit there,” Terrazas said. “We have the brush threat, we have narrow roads, tight roads with all the congestion. The Rosenbauer has a very tight turning radius.”
“I was doing donuts in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium,” he said.
The truck’s maker claims it was built with predicted shifting trends in gender and age for firefighting. Other predicted shifts that were taken into account when designing the vehicle also include connectivity, urbanization, and migration.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the truck that you could see on the streets of Hollywood by early 2021.