The Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has announced it will introduce electric and low-carbon vehicles to its fleet to help reduce its carbon footprint while continuing to provide essential services to Cornwall residents.
The first four new electric vehicles have been put into service and assigned to fire safety officers.
The service, like the rest of Cornwall Council, is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030.
Fire Chief Kathryn Billing said, “Leading the way and helping to meet our carbon goals is essential.
“We have one of the largest vehicle fleets in Cornwall Council and the department is committed to meeting our carbon reduction targets.
“We looked at how we use our vehicles to better understand the emissions released into the environment, this allows us to prioritize which vehicles can be replaced.
“As a result, a number of our light vehicles in our support fleet will be replaced by comparable electric alternatives. ”
Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder of Cornwall Environment and Climate Change Council, said: “These new electric vehicles are introduced as part of Cornwall Council’s response to the climate emergency and our commitment to become carbon neutral advice by 2030.
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“The Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is leading the way in starting the transition to electric vehicles by working with the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall program.
“These cars mark the start of our transition to a zero emission fleet and will help Cornwall achieve its ambition of becoming the UK’s first net zero emission region.”
The first to be replaced are the aging diesel pickup trucks, which will be replaced by electric cars with a range of 200 miles, zero emissions and low maintenance.
The service has also installed charging infrastructure at its SHQ in Tolvaddon and at the Bodmin community fire station to support the switch to electric vehicles.
Kathryn added, “We are off to a good start in becoming carbon neutral, but there is still a long way to go.
“We are currently at an exciting stage where six other light vehicles have been identified as suitable for our needs.
“Work is also underway to identify a mid-size electric van that will be used by the service maintenance team.
“To support the shift to electric vehicles, more vehicle charging points are offered at ten of our community fire stations spanning the length and breadth of our Duchy.”