City of Denton fire department advances with Pierce electric fire truck purchase

April 4, 2024

Denton fire department invests in electric technology

On April 4, 2024, Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a business unit of Oshkosh Corporation, announced the City of Denton Fire Department’s acquisition of a Pierce® Volterra™ electric fire truck.

This move is part of the department’s initiative to update its aging fleet and enhance operational efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The truck, sold by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, a Pierce dealer, is set to be delivered in the fall of 2024.

Features and capabilities of the new electric pumper

The Pierce Volterra electric pumper boasts advanced features including a custom Pierce Enforcer™ chassis, TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension, a 246-kWh battery, and the exclusive Pierce Command Zone™ electrical system.

Its innovative parallel-electric drivetrain enables zero-emission driving and pumping in EV mode, backed by an internal combustion engine for continuous power.

Commitment to sustainability and operational advancement

Kenneth Hedges, Fire Chief of the City of Denton Fire Department, expressed the department’s commitment to equipping their teams with essential, cutting-edge technology for better community service.

He highlighted the support from municipal partners in embracing progressive firefighting solutions.

The decision to invest in the Pierce Volterra electric fire truck was reinforced by positive feedback from peers in Madison, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, and aligns with Denton’s goals for sustainability and regional air quality improvement.

Pat Siddons, President of Sales at Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, commended the City of Denton Fire Department for their leadership in adopting sustainable practices and pledged ongoing support in their journey towards enhanced operational safety.

With 216 personnel across eight fire stations and a ninth station opening this summer, the City of Denton Fire Department is dedicated to ensuring the safety of nearly 150,000 residents over a nearly 100 square-mile area.

This acquisition signifies a step forward in their commitment to providing exceptional emergency services while fostering a sustainable future.

For further information on the Pierce Volterra electric pumper, please visit www.piercemfg.com.

FSJA Comment

The City of Denton Fire Department’s decision to incorporate the Pierce Volterra electric fire truck into their fleet marks a progressive step towards modernizing firefighting equipment with an emphasis on sustainability and operational efficiency.

The move is indicative of a broader trend within the fire service industry towards embracing green technologies that reduce emissions and improve air quality, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

As the industry evolves, the integration of electric vehicles into emergency response fleets is likely to become more prevalent, setting new standards for environmental stewardship and operational effectiveness in the field.

Read Next

Subscribe Now