It looks something like a cross between a robot, a bus and an RV. Until it lights up and moves. Then it’s a fire truck. An electric-powered fire truck.
Empire Emergency Apparatus of Lockport Road in Niagara Falls hosted a demonstration of the pumper on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls for firefighters from Niagara Falls, Buffalo and North Tonawanda on Friday.
Todd McBride of Rosenbauer America showed off the advanced technology on the truck, a 7-year old demo model.
LED lights ringing the back light up work areas with glare-free, shadow free illumination. Ladders and hoses are stored internally.
North Tonawanda Fire Chief Joe Sikora was there for the demonstration.
“It is quite a change from what we are used to,” Sikora said. “Times are changing. Fire trucks have been the same for a long, long time.”