Call 911, and odds are that a piece of diesel-powered equipment will respond. Over 98 percent of first responder vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, and other rescue equipment, are powered by diesel.
Most Americans are unaware of the important role clean diesel technology has in providing routine and emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nowhere is it more critical to have the ultimate reliability than in fire and emergency vehicles. Call 911, and odds are that a piece of diesel-powered equipment will respond. Over 98 percent of first responder vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, and other rescue equipment, are powered by diesel.
Rescue and recovery efforts after natural disasters have demonstrated the vital role of diesel power first-hand, powering National Guard rescue vehicles, providing backup electrical power, supplemental water pumps and portable refrigeration. In the recovery phase, it is diesel technology that powers the construction machines and equipment to clear debris and rebuild communities. In communities across America, first responders, emergency planners and elected officials have a full array of capabilities at hand to prepare for, prevent and respond to natural and man-made disasters. They depend on clean diesel power to provide fire and rescue services, as well as reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system, minimizing losses from these events.
In the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters, diesel-powered equipment immediately goes to work, aiding in rescue operations and clean up processes. Diesel-powered heavy equipment is the first to respond to open roads, restore power and the clean-up of the devastated areas. Diesel's work continues as a partner in the rebuilding efforts.
Diesel vehicles also play an important role in protecting our public safety and homeland security. Approximately one-third of the fuel consumed by the U.S. military each year is diesel.