The ACT's only specialised aerial firefighting unit will be replaced, following months of ongoing issues with the vehicle.
ACT firefighting crews will receive a new $2.2 million vehicle able to fight fires in multi-storey buildings, replacing the aging 'Bronto' truck.
The new Bronto comes with a platform able to rise 44 metres in the air and can also access areas below ground.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency has signed off on the new truck with German manufacturer Rosenbauer, with it set to hit Canberra roads in the 2019-20 financial year.
The replacement comes after months of criticism of the previous Bronto, which was returned to service just hours before it was needed to rescue people from a burning multi-storey building.
In February this year, the truck was being serviced while a fire broke out on the 12th floor of the new Founders Lane complex.
Between July 1, 2017 and the end of February this year, the Bronto was out of commission for 16 per cent of the time.
Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman said the new Bronto would be more dependable.
"[It will provide] our firefighters with a more reliable appliance to fight fires in our town centres and suburbs," Mr Gentleman said.
"The $2.2 million platform is designed for raised observations and includes a water tower for high-rise fires and rescues."
United Firefighters Union ACT branch secretary Greg McConville welcomed the announcement of the new Bronto.
He said it was important for more aerial firefighting units to be on the ground as Canberra's population grew.
"The new Bronto is like for like, and our hope is that it's more reliable," Mr McConville said.
"It's a welcome and overdue announcement. It means we will have aerial appliances both north and south of the lake and improves the safety of firefighters."
The announcement of the new Bronto came as the government confirmed it had also signed off on a new $2 million pumper.
The new pumper would come with a 25-metre ladder and rescue platform.
"It's a faster vehicle capable of tight-access rescues and firefighting," Mr Gentleman said.
"This pumper will be a great addition to the fleet as higher-density housing is built in the ACT."
Mr McConville said staffing on the new vehicles would be critical.
"The crew currently on the Bronto could be deployed to other aerial appliances and it would only require some familiarisation training," he said.
"I don't think anyone can be blamed for the problems of the previous Bronto. Our issue had been that it hadn't had back up."
The new vehicles will come with thermal cameras and wheelchair-accessible ramps.
Mr Gentleman said the new trucks will come through the same contractor, allowing for emergency crews to use either of the new equipment with the same training.
"Our firefighters are some of the most highly skilled in the country and we are committed to ensuring they are well equipped to keep Canberrans safe," he said.