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NJ firefighters make red trucks green to fight global warming and fires
In Robbinsville, New Jersey, the Professional Fire Fighters Local 3786 has see the light. Used to fighting fires around town, the fire fighters have
gone green to help fight
global warming. Compact florescent light bulbs and and other energy saving measures were implemented at the firehouse, but the big red firetruck got an upgrade as well. Two of the fire fighters' front line emergency response vehicles, one ambulance and one large
fire truck, now sport TerraPass stickers signifying that the carbon
emissions from the vehicles will be offset by clean energy investments. The cost of the two stickers were $558, much higher than what it costs for your standard commuter vehicle (usually $60-100 a year). The Local says they are the first public safety entity to join the
TerraPass program, although other fire trucks have gone green - like the
San Francisco biodiesel engines. One reason for choosing the TerraPass method over, say, testing out some new
hybrid firetruck, is that the team's ability to respond to an emergency call is the same as before. As the video says, "We still do everything we always did, we just do it better and more efficiently." Criticize offsets all you want, at least this is a start.
Check out the firefighters' Go Green promotional video after the jump.
Thanks to Ed for the tip!
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