Surrey is soon to become the first fire service in the country to try out an electric fire engine this week.

The fire engine, which is called the “Concept Fire Truck”, will be taken around Surrey for test drives tomorrow and Friday.

Firefighters will get watch a demonstration at Surrey Fire and Rescue’s Reigate centre and crew the fire engine with engineers.

The fire engine, which has barely any exhaust emissions, has the potential to be safer for firefighters and the environment and be cheaper to run than a standard fire engine.

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council portfolio holder for community services said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming the Concept Fire Truck to Surrey so firefighters can see first-hand how advances in technology could benefit our service and county in future.

“We aim to be at the forefront of technology when it comes to vehicles for our firefighters who will be giving their feedback to help in the development of the truck.

“With cleaner air a key priority for us as a county council, we’re pleased to be playing a part in this drive towards greener transport.”