Wisconsin Manufacturer Tests First North American Electric Fire Truck with MFD at Madison’s New Green Fleet Facility

An Appleton manufacturer of firetrucks, Pierce, has produced a zero emissions battery-electric fire truck- the Pierce Volterra Pumper that has been piloted with the City of Madison Fleet Service and Fire Department (MFD).  MFD and fleet personnel have been trained to use and maintain the Volterra and have tested it on over two hundred calls since May. The electric fire truck is operational as part of a new green fleet facility that supports its charging (see photos of the month) and new technology.

The Volterra was on display at a community celebration of Madison’s newest cutting-edge achievements in greening both its buildings and fleet in June at the ribbon cutting for the $33 million Nekoosa Trail Fleet Building. The building is highly energy efficient, with solar tube and LED lighting, high levels of insulation, radiant floor heat, solar PV, solar hot water, solar hot air (solar wall), and solar electric vehicle charging stations that power the first working electric fire truck in North America and other EVs.  The LEED Gold Certified building’s design and construction team included CD Smith, Stantec, Meade & Hunt, Strand Associates, and HGA along with City Engineering.

fire fighter standing by fire truck

picture of Fleet Service, City of Madison building
Photos courtesy of Sherrie Gruder, UW-Madison Extension