Evansville Fire Department previews new boat today

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Thanksgiving has come early for the Evansville Fire Department.

They’re previewing their new boat and recognizing the organizations that donated and allowed the department to purchase the newest addition to its floating fleet.

The preview is taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, at Evansville Fire Department Headquarters, located at 550 S. E. 8th Street

The department’s latest much-needed boat was made possible by leveraging EFD funds, with funds donated by the West Side Nut Club and the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s Community Good Grants Program.

$25,500 was donated to make the $31,310 boat purchase possible. 

Some statistics on the Rescue One 1673-X2 Connector Boat:

  • has a 16.5’ long double hull aluminum boat with built in foam for redundant buoyancy
  • 1800 Pound weight capacity
  • 60 Horsepower Mercury outboard motor with ruggedized lower unit
  • Emergency and scene lighting
  • Red LED interior lighting
  • Humminbird Helix Sonar/Features include down/side scan sonar imaging, CHIRP technology to enhance the sonar image with multiple sonar frequencies and GPS mapping.

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(This story was originally published on November 20, 2018)

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