Norfolk Southern sparks Atlanta's fire rescue innovation with $500,000 gift

In a groundbreaking move towards innovation and sustainability, Norfolk Southern has contributed a lead gift of $500,000 to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation's (AFRF) 'Fleet Forward' capital campaign. This initiative aims to revolutionize the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department's (AFRD) fleet by introducing cutting-edge electric fire engines and electric vehicle (EV) quick response vehicles.

The 'Fleet Forward' campaign, with a target of $3 million, seeks to modernize the AFRD's equipment, marking a significant leap towards a safer, more sustainable and efficient firefighting force, ensuring optimal protection and service for residents, communities, and businesses.

"Norfolk Southern is focused on advancing safety and sustainability for our business, our customers, and the communities we serve. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation's 'Fleet Forward' campaign is playing a critical role, helping to propel innovation and sustainability for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department," said Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw. "This investment is also a symbol of our commitment to our first responders – heroes in our communities. Together, we’re making progress for a safer Atlanta.”

Norfolk Southern’s partnership with AFRF aligns with its company-wide commitment to safety. Each year, Norfolk Southern trains more than 5,000 first responders across its network, helping to ensure that they are prepared to respond to incidents safely and thoroughly. Norfolk Southern this year also launched a new Safety First Grant Program, designed to support organizations and first responders that directly provide safety services or operate programs that promote safe behavior.

Taos Wynn, AFRF Interim CEO, expressed gratitude for Norfolk Southern's contribution, stating "The Fleet Forward capital campaign will provide the city with the necessary blueprint and capital to significantly improve fire and emergency response through private and public support that leverages the best of innovation and sustainability in the fire industry."

Read the full announcement from AFRF here.