First Electric Fire Truck visits South Bend SOUTH BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT TO SURVEY WORLD’S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC FIRE TRUCK The South Bend Fire Department will partner with the Tire Rack and host Rosenbauer America and the first Concept Electric Fire Truck (EFT). The EFT will be on display at the Tire Rack Headquarters located at 7101 Vorden Pkwy in South Bend, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. Fire Chief Todd Skwarcan pointed out, “the concept of an Electric Fire Truck could potentially be a great future addition to our LEED Fire Station-4 on Olive St. and Station-9 on Mishawaka Avenue. We appreciate Rosenbauer for adding South Bend as one of the stops as this vehicle travels across the United States. South Bend Fire is unique by utilizing the framework of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the EFT can make a significant transition in the future for operating fire engines and reducing our carbon footprint within our community.” Electric vehicle technology is a milestone in the history of transportation. In 2011, Rosenbauer began the research and design phase to create the Concept Fire Truck (CFT). Rosenbauer’s investment hasn’t ended with the highly successful concept vehicle; instead, as the EFT enters full production mode, Rosenbauer continues to invest in updates to the drive train, user interface technology, and other fire service innovations to lead us into the future. The EFT will be available to view, and crews will provide a demonstration on the track at the Tire Rack between 1:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. Local members from the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, regional fire departments, Indiana Michigan Power, South Shore Clean Cities, and the Greater Indiana Clean Cities will be on hand to witness the capabilities of this vehicle and how the technology can serve other utility sectors.