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Electric fire truck from Austria may serve us for $1.3 million

Written by on May 18, 2021
Electric fire truck from Austria may serve us for $1.3 million

Miami-Dade may soon buy its first electric fire truck.

A resolution by Jose “Pepe” Diaz now moving through the Miami-Dade Commission would, if approved, direct Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s administration to pay up to $1.3 million for an electrically powered fire truck by manufacture Rosenbauer America, which describes itself as “the largest fire truck apparatus and emergency response vehicle manufacturer in the world.”

Mr. Diaz’s item cleared the county’s Community Safety and Security Committee this month. It requires one more vote to pass. 

The vehicle would ultimately serve Mr. Diaz’s district, a memo from Chief Public Safety Officer JD Patterson said. The area includes parts of Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens and a large part of unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

Funds for the purchase will come from next year’s fire district operating budget.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) personnel this year saw a demonstration of a concept vehicle upon which the one the county is contemplating buying is based. Rosenbauer began giving demonstrations of the vehicle, which is smaller than a traditional fire engine, to cities and counties across the US in 2019.

The new vehicle “meets all National Fire Protection Association requirements for fire suppression apparatus,” Mr. Patterson wrote.

“In addition to having almost zero emissions, eliminating carcinogens and being close to silent, which significantly reduces noise related stress at incidents,” the memo said, “the vehicle has all-wheel steering for extra maneuverability and a turning radius less than half of traditional pumpers, [as well as the ability] to travel through water up to 36 inches deep, functioning as a rescue vehicle during flood conditions.”

Rosenbauer now builds the vehicle in Austria. Only 15 build slots are available this year. Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dubai expect delivery of their own Rosenbauer electric fire trucks in December.

If demand is high enough, the company said it will open a US assembly line.

Whether that happens before Miami-Dade receives a vehicle remains to be seen.

“Upon completion of design and agreement on price,” Mr. Patterson wrote, “MDFR will issue a purchase order to reserve a 2022 build slot with delivery expected in fiscal 2023.”

2 Responses to Electric fire truck from Austria may serve us for $1.3 million

  1. Dennis Kerr

    May 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    The electric apparatus does not have a proven track record for reliability at a cost of $1.3 million. Approximately $400,000 more than a conventional engine.
    While at a fire scene, for possibly hours, how long can the apparatus pump water, use emergency lights, and scene lighting without recharging?
    A new conventional aerial apparatus could be purchased for $1.3 mil.
    OR use the $1.3 mil to give firefighters raises!!

  2. Paul De Young

    May 19, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Seems to me that it should be the FD’s equipment committee that determines which truck and equipment will be purchased. Commissioners shouldn’t be spending the FD budget for equipment they know nothing about.