Fire & Rescue's L259 is known as "Big Nelly," named after Gilbert Fire Battalion Chief James Nelson, who died Aug. 1 from cancer.
Nelson served on the Gilbert Fire & Rescue Department force for 25 years.
The truck's ladder has a 107-foot reach, and the truck can carry 470 gallons of water with with a master stream nozzle capable of flowing 1,500 gallons per minute, according to Gilbert Fire & Rescue Capt. Mark Justus.
The truck is the first apparatus in Gilbert with battery-powered extraction equipment, commonly known as the "Jaws of Life." In fact, the truck specializes in extraction and forcible entry, Justus said.
The truck also is engineered with a shorter wheelbase for increased maneuverability, Justus said.