Madison Fire Department unveils first-of-its-kind electric fire engine

MADISON, Wis. — The future of fighting fires is beginning in Madison.

The country’s first electric firetruck was unveiled Tuesday at the Madison Fire Department. The Volterra zero-emission engine was made by Pierce Manufacturing in Wisconsin.

The City of Madison is aiming to use 100% renewable and sustainable energy by the year 2030 — something the new firetruck will help accomplish.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers attended the unveiling of the firetruck and says it’s an example for the rest of the state to follow.

“Investing in green technology and infrastructure creates jobs, improves the health of our families and communities, and ensures our economy will continue to grow, all the while creating more sustainable solutions from everyone from our workers to our families and our first responders,” Gov. Evers said.

While the new truck was unveiled to the public Tuesday, it’s already been in service since May 21st, responding to close to 200 calls for service already without any issues being reported.