DHS spearheads effort to develop next-gen emergency response vehicle

The Department of Homeland Security is leading an interagency and public-private sector collaboration to develop an emergency response vehicle that leverages emerging technologies to provide disaster recovery sites with viable fuel alternatives for up to 72 hours.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate unveiled the hydrogen fuel cell-powered emergency relief truck prototype in Washington D.C. Monday, the result of a three-year partnership with the Departments of Energy and Defense, the Army Corps of Engineers and Cummins — a company specializing in diesel and alternative fuel engine development — among others…

The truck, called the “H2Rescue,” operates on zero-emission power generation without putting harmful pollutants into the environment or any volatile exhaust, meaning it can provide power to an emergency shelter or up to 20 average-sized homes with little to no noise.