This study was designed to support the anti-idling policies of Surrey Fire Service. Two major components were the adoption of fire trucks with Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and changing behavioural attitudes towards turning off the main fire truck engine whenever possible. As such, the first component of the study aimed to determine the value APUs. Specifically, to estimate the idle time, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions reduced by APU use. The second component of the study aimed to find determinants of unnecessary idling by examining whether idle times were associated with engine type, distance travelled per incident, number of incidents, firefighter crew, and incident type.
This project was done in partnership with Len Garis, the City of Surrey, and the Centre for Social Research at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Read the article in Fire Fighting in Canada magazine.