Rancho Cucamonga fire district welcomes Rosenbauer RTX electric fire engine to its fleet

January 26, 2024

Rancho Cucamonga, California, has taken a significant step forward in its fire safety capabilities with the recent addition of the Rosenbauer RTX Electric Fire Engine to its fire district’s fleet.

This move marks a notable advancement in embracing sustainable and health-focused fire fighting solutions.

Rancho Cucamonga embraces sustainable fire fighting with electric engine

On January 17, 2024, the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District proudly announced the acquisition of the cutting-edge Rosenbauer RTX Electric Fire Engine.

This addition positions Rancho Cucamonga as one of the first agencies in the United States to incorporate an electric fire engine into their fleet, reflecting their commitment to sustainability and the well-being of first responders.

The electric engine, which will be stationed at Fire Station 178, aligns with the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s efforts to develop as a sustainable community.

Innovative features of the Rosenbauer RTX

The Rosenbauer RTX stands out due to its unique design, which excludes the traditional engine, transmission, and drivelines found in standard apparatus.

Instead, it employs an all-electric drivetrain that allows for near-silent operations during non-pumping activities.

This innovation is coupled with an energy backup system to ensure reliable performance during extended operations or emergencies.

The RTX’s versatility is further highlighted by its ability to transition from a low center of gravity street-based fire engine to an off-road height engine with 4-wheel drive capability, enabling effective responses across the City’s diverse terrain.

Additionally, the RTX will be the first clean cab in the district’s fleet, with firefighters’ turnout gear stored in external compartments to reduce exposure to carcinogens.

Statements from city officials and partners

Mike McCliman, the Fire Chief of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, expressed pride in the acquisition, stating: “Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and firefighters.

“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.”

Dennis Michael, the Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the city council’s dedication to continuous improvement and praising Rosenbauer’s redesign of the fire engine.

He stated: “One of our City Council’s core values is the relentless pursuit of improvement, a value shared by Rosenbauer.

“They have completely redesigned the fire engine from the ground up, ensuring our first responders have the resources and tools necessary to respond to emergency incidents while also reducing carbon emissions and improving environmental sustainability.”

Tim Noeding, General Sales Manager at Velocity Fire Equipment Sales/Rosenbauer Dealer for Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada, commented on the partnership: “We are honored to continue our partnership with the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District and provide them with the groundbreaking Rosenbauer RTX Electric Fire Engine.

“By adopting this cutting-edge technology, together we are not only enhancing operational capabilities but also contributing to the city’s environmental goals.

“This marks another step in our shared commitment to innovation, safety, and sustainability.”

FSJA Comment

The introduction of the Rosenbauer RTX Electric Fire Engine into the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District represents a forward-thinking approach to fire safety and environmental responsibility.

This move not only enhances the operational capabilities of the fire district but also significantly contributes to the city’s broader sustainability goals.

The RTX’s advanced features, such as its all-electric drivetrain and clean cab design, demonstrate a keen focus on reducing environmental impact and safeguarding the health of first responders.

This development is a testament to the evolving nature of fire safety equipment and the increasing importance of incorporating eco-friendly and health-conscious practices in public service sectors.

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