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Phoenix Fire debuts heavy duty airport fire truck

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Fighting a fire at a home or business is one thing, but fighting a fire on an airport runway is something very different.

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

It's an impressive piece of machinery, designed to save lives if a plane goes down. This is an exclusive look at the Phoenix Fire Department's newest airport fire truck.

Phoenix Fire official Ed McDonald just got it ready to be put in service.

"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 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.

"It's 8-wheel drive, so all of the 8 wheels drive and six of those wheels steer -- so 3 of the axles are steering axles."

If you fly out of Sky Harbor, you helped pay for this truck. The $1.5 million cost came from that ticket surcharge we all pay when flying. The city didn't pay the tab.

$1.5 million gets you some cool technology, like this camera. Something you can't see with the naked eye.

"It gives them a picture of the fire or the airplane, whether its a wheel that's on fire or if it's a hot engine."

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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