Mesa Unveils Arizona's First All-Electric North American-Style Fire Truck

Mesa's state ~ The City of Mesa has officially put its state-of-the-art all-electric fire truck into service. Stationed at Fire Station 221 in southeast Mesa, the pumper truck is the first of its kind in Arizona and is part of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department's commitment to implementing cutting-edge health and safety practices.

Mayor John Giles expressed his enthusiasm for the new electric vehicle, saying, "I'm an advocate for electric vehicles--it's a more efficient technology and shifting City vehicles from gas-powered to electric is another step we can take toward reaching our Climate Action Plan goals. We look forward to this as a study in the potential cost-savings and efficiency of electric vehicles in City operations."

The new fire truck, named "Vector," was built by E-ONE, a leading fire apparatus manufacturer and a subsidiary of REV Fire Group. Mike Virnig, President of REV Fire Group, said, "On behalf of Fire Truck Solutions, E-ONE and REV Fire Group, we are delighted that City of Mesa and Mesa Fire and Medical have chosen the E-ONE to support the city's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

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The truck excels at sustainability and performance with low to no carbon emissions, less noise pollution, range extension for prolonged power needs and life-long batteries. It can pump four hose lines at 750 gallons per minute for four hours on a single charge - allowing for continuous emergency response when needed. The EV charger system is suspended from the firehouse ceiling to enhance safety and can fully charge the fire truck in two hours.

District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers commented on how fitting it was that this innovative fire apparatus was stationed in southeast Mesa: "The communities this electric fire truck will serve were built over the former GM Proving Grounds - where concept vehicles were tested. Eastmark is the focus of the innovation mindset in Mesa. It's reflected in our street names like Ampere Avenue, Innovation Way, South Electron, and Inspiration Parkway."

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Fire Chief Mary Cameli expressed her pride in what this new addition signifies: "We are proud of what today signifies. As a department, we are taking a unique step towards improving the health and safety of our personnel... Trailblazing, the use of technology like this truck to help reduce the risks to our crews exemplifies the Mesa Way."

Funding for Mesa's all-electric fire truck came from 2018 bonds approved by voters as well as from SRP who provided a $30,000 rebate to help offset costs associated with installation of EV charging infrastructure.

Mesa's all-electric North American style fire truck marks an important milestone for public safety as well as environmental sustainability efforts within Arizona. With its commitment to innovation and health & safety practices combined with its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through investments such as this one - it is clear that Mesa is leading by example when it comes to protecting both its citizens' wellbeing as well as their environment.

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