Device helping Westland lower carbon emissions from vehicles - KMSP-TV

Device helping Westland lower carbon emissions from vehicles

Posted: Updated:

By Robin Schwartz
Fox 2 News


WESTLAND, Mich. (WJBK) -- Fire trucks in the Wayne-Westland Fire Department rack up plenty of miles.  They go on 14,000 emergency runs a year.  Now the department has some of the greenest rigs around.

At least a dozen vehicles in the city of Westland look and sound like the rest, but they're cleaner and greener thanks to a device called a diesel oxidation catalyst or D.O.C.

"It lowers the carbon emissions that are coming out.  One of the things we've been trying to do in the city of Westland over the last several years is lower the city's carbon footprint, and this is going to go a long way towards that," said Mayor William Wild.

The exhaust control devices were retrofitted onto the vehicles through a project verified by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The money to do this, $27,000, came from a private Wayne County company cited for an environmental violation.  The unnamed company took part in the clean diesel project as part of its penalty to help reduce pollution.

The city also has diesel oxidation catalysts on seven dump trucks in the Public Works Department, and they're working on grants with the hope of getting the devices installed on a hundred more vehicles.

"All the new trucks come with this new, updated emissions, but as budgets are tighter, we're having to hold onto these fire trucks and dump trucks longer," Wild said.

The mayor says the devices currently installed will lower the carbon output of these trucks by five and a half tons over ten years.  They will also save the city 10 to 15 percent on fuel costs.

The Wayne and Westland fire departments merged last July as part of a money saving measure.

To learn more about the clean diesel program, visit www.sdevweb.org.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • Romulus teen dies after crashing car during police chase

    Romulus teen dies after crashing car during police chase

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:43:30 GMT
    An 18-year-old man is dead after a police chase ended in a crash. The chase ended on Beverly Street in Romulus.
    An 18-year-old man is dead after a police chase ended in a crash. The chase ended on Beverly Street in Romulus.
  • Science lover looking for a place to call home

    Science lover looking for a place to call home

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:34:22 GMT
    Right now, about 300 children in Michigan are waiting to be adopted. Many of them are teens.One of the is Marvin, whose love for science goes to infinity and beyond. He's been in foster care for a long time but he still dreams of finding a place to call home.
    Right now, about 300 children in Michigan are waiting to be adopted. Many of them are teens.One of the is Marvin, whose love for science goes to infinity and beyond. He's been in foster care for a long time but he still dreams of finding a place to call home.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices