This week, Renault offered firefighters in Paris the chance to test out a Twizy that had been "adapted to firefighters' needs." That means that the minimal back seat was taken out and replaced with emergency equipment, specifically "two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit." Starting in November, the prototype will be used for an eight-month period as a support vehicle, "for early interventions ahead of the arrival of more consequential lifesaving equipment." In other words, the ER-ready Twizy can flit in and get the rescue started, without pesky things like doors getting in the way.
October 24, 2012
On October 24 Renault is presenting the Paris firefighter brigade with the keys to a Twizy prototype adapted to firefighters' needs.
The Twizy prototype was co-developed by Renault, Renault Tech, the company's vehicle conversion subsidiary, and the Paris firefighter brigade. The special model was designed for early interventions ahead of the arrival of more consequential lifesaving equipment.
The rear seat has been replaced by a trunk used to store emergency response equipment, i.e. two fire extinguishers, two oxygen tanks, a fire suit, a helmet and a first-aid kit.
Tests of the prototype will begin in November for an eight-month period, the aim being to use Twizy as a support vehicle in Paris and its immediate suburbs and when setting up temporary safety installations (for major public events, July 14, New Year's Eve, etc.). The Paris firefighter brigade is reviewing the long-term possibility of setting up a fleet of light electric vehicles, for more efficiency and environmental respect.
For Claire Petit Boulanger, tertiary safety officer at Renault, "This initial prototype is real-life proof of the research and development work carried out together with the emergency services, demonstrating Renault's ability and determination to innovate to meet the needs of firefighters."
Renault and the French national firefighter association, FNSPF, signed a partnership agreement on June 21, 2012 to step up their collaborative efforts in fields including technical cooperation and donating vehicles to firefighters for vehicle-extrication training.
* Renault subsidiary dedicated to additional adaptations