Hoboken Fire Department introduces hybrid vehicles

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The Hoboken Fire Department purchased two hybrid emergency sedans with gasoline-electric power.

The 2019 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedans are outfitted with department lettering, decals, and emergency response lights and sirens and will be assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, which is in charge of fire investigation, code enforcement, and public education.

Rated at 40 mpg in the city, the gas/electric hybrid sedans replaced two older SUVs. The HFD’s 1998 Ford Explorer (estimated at 17 mpg in the city) suffered engine failure, and its 2006 Ford Explorer (estimated at 15 mpg in the city) suffered transmission failure. Both SUVs were retired from service in 2018.

“We are very pleased to have these vehicles added to our fleet,” said Fire Chief Brian Crimmins. “Safety and performance are our priorities in selecting automobiles. It’s a bonus when we can also have outstanding fuel economy. These hybrids are safe, efficient, and enable our inspectors to show pride in our department and our community.”

Mayor Ravi Bhalla said the new cars will help the city move toward its Climate Action Plan.

“These two vehicles, and our plan to phase in additional hybrid and electric vehicles in the City’s fleet in the years ahead, will reduce emissions and our carbon footprint,” Bhalla said.

According to a press release from the city, the department believes the new cars will save money from reduced fuel consumption, save time because less time will be spent refueling, and reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and required oil changes.

These cars are part of the  Hoboken Fire Department’s goal of improving its resilience.

Previously, the department replaced all lighting with LED bulbs, installed a water-permeable surface on its parking lot, invested in diesel particulate filters for its new fire engine, and added a visitor’s bike rack to its 201 Jefferson Street headquarters.