Phoenix Fire Debuts Airport Fire Apparatus

The Phoenix Fire Department is rolling out its newest truck, designed to save lives if a plane goes down.

“It’s a truck that we hope we never have to use, but it has to be there if there is ever a crash of a plane flying in and out of the valley,” said Phoenix Fire official Ed McDonald.

The truck has two giant nozzles, one in front of the cab and one on top. They are fed by tanks that can hold more than 4,000 gallons of water and 500 gallons of foam.

Even with all that weight this truck can hit top speeds of 80 miles an hour — and that’s not all.

The $1.5 million cost came from that ticket surcharge we all pay when flying. The city didn’t pay the tab.

Even though there’s never been a major crash at Sky Harbor, it is good to know that this new truck will help rescue crews be as ready as they can be for anything that may come their way.

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