Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have introduced two new Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the Service at the Hydrogen Centre in Baglan.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has introduced 2 Hyundai Hydrogen ix35 vehicles as part the their sustainability and environment objectives, which sets out targets to reduce the service's carbon footprint in line with the Welsh Government's climate change strategy for Wales.
The new cars will be incorporated into the fleet which will be used in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Command Areas.
Over the past number of years, the service has progressed several initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint while maintaining an effective fire and rescue service
Some of their main aims are concentrating on green travel and reducing overall carbon emissions.
The new vehicles have a 300 mile range on one full tank of hydrogen and have zero carbon emissions which will massively help towards the services annual CO2 reduction target.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Michael Crennel says, "Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are proud to be the only Fire & Rescue Service in the UK to be successful in applying for, and receiving grant funding which has enabled us to begin to use this exciting new technology and understand what it means for us and our communities."
He added, "The bid was submitted to the UK government's Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), where there was a £2 million fund available from the UK government to promote the roll out of hydrogen fuelled vehicles, of which funding for the two vehicles for Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was secured, marking an important milestone in our ongoing journey towards improving the local air quality and environment within Wales."
These vehicles will help the service gain a better understanding of how this new technology will benefit the service and communities it serves across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.