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Texas fire department to add electric fire engine to its fleet

The Denton Fire Department’s new Pierce Volterra electric fire engine will be assigned to one of the busiest firehouses in the city


Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

By Bill Carey
FireRescue 1

DENTON, Texas — The City of Denton Fire Department has placed an order with Pierce Manufacturing Inc. for a Volterra electric fire engine as part of its efforts to replace aging fleet vehicles and expand operational advancement.

The new fire engine was sold through Pierce dealer Siddons-Martin Emergency Group and is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2024, according to Pierce.

“Adding a Pierce Volterra pumper to our fleet reflects our dedication to ensuring our crews have the critical equipment they need to serve our community each day and represents the support we receive from municipal partners to adopt progressive firefighting technology,” Fire Chief Kenneth Hedges said. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this movement, leading by example in the pursuit of sustainability and improve safety for our firefighters.”

The new engine will be assigned to Station 1, one of the busiest in the city.

The Pierce Volterra electric pumper includes features such as a custom Pierce Enforcer™ chassis, TAK-4 Independent Front Suspension, a 246-kWh battery, and Pierce’s exclusive electrical system, Command Zone, among others.

The parallel-electric drivetrain allows for zero-emission pumping and driving in EV mode, with the ability to provide continuous and uninterrupted power to the pumping or drive systems with a backup internal combustion engine.