Madison shows off its groundbreaking electric fire truck

The Madison Fire Dept. is helping lead firefighters across the country into a new era, one that does not rely on trips to the gas station. On Tuesday, the department debuted its first electric fire truck, the Pierce Volterra zero-emissions pumper.

Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis explained the new vehicle will provide all of the pumping power they need to protect the city now, without pumping out the emissions that contribute to climate change.

“We are eager to lead change by responsibly supporting our environment together with achieving our critical daily missions,” he continued.

Its maker, Pierce Manufacturing, claimed the 21-ton vehicle was not just the first one in the United States, but it was also the first one in North America. The new truck seats six and carries a thousand feet of 5? hoses and another 500 feet of 2.5? hosing. It can carry 500 gallons of water and houses a pump that shoot out 1,500 gallons per minute.