By Tom Banse
Northwest News Network 

Portland and Redmond going electric with first e-fire trucks in northwest


Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.

DREAM WHEELS FOR LA CONNER – Picture this Pierce Enforcer Volterra pumper parked at either of the local fire stations. It is displayed here in Madison, Wisconsin. How much could it possibly cost?

You probably no longer bat an eye when an electric car passes by on the road. More novel battery-powered vehicles are soon joining the parade to help operators achieve their sustainability goals. Electric ferries are coming to Puget Sound and hybrid electric airplanes are being tested in Washington. Now, several Pacific Northwest fire departments have ordered their first electric fire trucks.

Portland Fire and Rescue is scheduled to take delivery next month of the first electric fire engine in the Northwest. Last week, the Redmond City Council approved an order for an electric fire truck to...

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