Blue lights going green

By Kerenza Moore   |   Head of Content   |
Wednesday 11th August 2021 12:30 pm
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Pictured with the new vehicles are Chief Fire Officer Kathryn Billing and Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and climate change. ()

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ELECTRIC and low carbon-fuel vehicles are coming into the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service fleet.

The first four new electric vehicles are already on the road having been allocated to fire safety protection officers.

The service, like the rest of Cornwall Council, is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030.

Chief Fire Officer Kathryn Billing said: “Contributing to meeting carbon targets is essential. We have one of the largest fleets of vehicles in Cornwall Council.

“We have looked at how we use our vehicles to understand more about the emissions being released into the environment, and this enables us to prioritise which vehicles can be replaced.

“As a result, a number of our light vehicles in our support fleet will be replaced with comparable electric powered alternatives.”

Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and climate change said:

“Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service is leading the way by beginning the transition to electric vehicles working with the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme. These cars mark the beginning of our transition to a zero-emission fleet and will help Cornwall realise our ambition to become the UK’s first net-zero region.”

First to be replaced are ageing diesel vans, which will be replaced by electric cars that have a 200-mile range, zero emissions and are low maintenance.

The service has installed charging infrastructure at its headquarters in Tolvaddon and at Bodmin Community Fire Station to support the shift to electric vehicles.

Kathryn added: “We have made a positive start but there is more to be done.

“A further six light vehicles have been identified as suitable for our needs, and work is also underway to identify a medium-sized electric van that will be used by the services maintenance team.

“To support the shift to electric vehicles, more vehicle charging points are being proposed at ten of our community fires stations spanning the length and breadth of Cornwall.”

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