Government-funded project to assist zero-emission emergency services

A new initiative called Project RESPONSE (Robust Emergency Services Performing Operations in Electric) aims to maximise the efficiency of emergency service operations with zero-emission technology.

Funded by Innovate UK, under the net zero mobility programme, the project seeks to address the obstacles that have hindered the development of comprehensive zero-emission emergency service operations planning and dispatch systems.

The project will be led by Flexible Power Systems (FPS) with support from Cenex. FPS is developing the new platform based on their existing Operate data integration software architecture.

It connects information about the status of the power available to ensure charging and journey scheduling are booked to maximise efficiencies. It is currently used by commercial fleets to optimise their electric van deployment and has been very successful in reducing operational costs whilst eliminating tailpipe carbon emissions. 

It will investigate how digital tools and artificial intelligence can be applied to emergency dispatch systems to better accommodate zero-emission response vehicles.

Dr Peter Speers, Principal Technical Specialist, Cenex said:

“Project RESPONSE offers an exciting opportunity to utilise our extensive experience in supporting emergency fleets and apply it to the development of zero-emission emergency service operations.

With our deep understanding of vehicle technology and fleet operations, we are committed to maximising efficiency and ensuring the seamless integration of sustainable practices into emergency service operations.”

Michael Ayres, Managing Director, FPS said:

“The electrification of emergency services vehicles presents the biggest challenge yet in the decarbonisation of transport. The complexities of assessing the correct vehicle to dispatch are myriad for the operator. We’re very proud that Cenex chose us to deliver this crucial service.”

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