E-ONE, a subsidiary of REV Group, has announced operations of its all-electric pumper fire truck at Fire Station 221 in southeast Mesa.
The truck is a fully electric fire North American style engine in Arizona. It will support the City of Mesa’s Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and help reduce the department’s carbon footprint.
The fire truck comes with low to no carbon emissions, less noise pollution, range extension for prolonged power needs and life-long batteries. It is capable to pump four hose lines at 750 gallons per minute for four hours on a single charge for continuous emergency response.
“The communities this electric fire truck will serve were built over the former GM Proving Grounds - where concept vehicles were tested,” said District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers. “Eastmark is the focus of the innovation mindset in Mesa and it is reflected in our street names like Ampere Avenue, Innovation Way, South Electron, and Inspiration Parkway.”
Station 221 is equipped with an electrical charger that reportedly recharges the fire truck batteries to full capacity in approximately 3.5 hours. Safety measures included are positive pressure airflow to keep contaminants out of living areas, exhaust capturing systems to remove vehicle exhaust in the bays while fire trucks are running prior to leaving the station and a decontamination area with showers for firefighters to remove contaminants prior to entering living areas.
Mesa’s all-electric fire truck is funded through the 2018 bonds approved by voters and the city’s General Fund.
“We look forward to this as a study in the potential cost-savings and efficiency of electric vehicles in city operations,” said Mayor of Mesa, John Giles. “This is further testament to Mesa’s investment in public safety and our Mesa Fire and Medical Department’s strong tradition of innovation and leadership in the state and the nation.”