Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Hydrogen Cell Vehicle Launch
On Thursday, 13th April 2017, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service introduced two new Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the Service at the Hydrogen Centre in Baglan.
In a huge step towards reaching the Services Sustainability and Environment objectives, we are pleased to announce that the Service has been successful in applying for Grant Funding for the purchase of 2 Hyundai Hydrogen ix35 Vehicles to incorporate into the fleet which will be used in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Command Areas.
The incorporation of the hydrogen vehicles into our fleet work towards environmental objectives outlined in the service’s 5 year Sustainability Strategy, which sets out targets to reduce our Carbon Footprint consistent with the Welsh Government’s Climate Change Strategy for Wales. Over the last number of years, the Service has progressed several initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint to date while maintaining an effective Fire and Rescue Service, with some of our main objectives concentrating on green travel and reducing overall carbon emissions.
The new vehicles have a 300 mile range on one full tank of Hydrogen and have zero Carbon Emissions which will massively help towards the Services annual CO2 reduction target.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Michael Crennel commented, “we are proud to be the only Fire & Rescue Service in the UK to be successful in applying for, and receiving grant funding which has enabled us to begin to use this exciting new technology and understand what it means for us and our communities.”
He added, “The bid was submitted to the UK government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), where there was a £2 million fund available from the UK government to promote the roll out of hydrogen fuelled vehicles, of which funding for the two vehicles for Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was secured, marking an important milestone in our ongoing journey towards improving the local air quality and environment within Wales.”
These vehicles will help us gain a better understanding of how this new technology will benefit Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the communities we serve as they begin their life within the Community Risk Reduction, Home Fire Safety and Community Engagement teams embedded within local communities across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.