EFR agrees to purchase boat

February 22, 2011

By Staff

Eastside Fire & Rescue increased its ability to rescue citizens trapped in rivers, lakes or rising floodwaters.

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the agency’s board of directors agreed to buy a used boat from the Duvall Fire District for $10,000.

The district is replacing the 1982 Wooldridge Extra Plus 21-foot jet boat with a newer model. EFR Deputy Chief Jeff Griffin said the district has taken excellent care of the old boat and that the 200 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor has plenty of life left in it. Griffin estimated a brand new version of a similar boat would cost the district $40,000 or more.

“This gives us a capability for water rescues and to deal with issues on our lakes and rivers,” EFR board Chairman Ron Pedee said. “It seems to me to be a great capability for the agency at a remarkably affordable price.”

EFR has an inflatable raft for water rescues but no jet boat. The boat will likely be stationed near Carnation, which most often sees water rescue calls due to its propensity for flooding.

Griffin said that water rescues in Lake Sammamish are the responsibility of officials at Lake Sammamish State Park at the south end of the lake. Given the difficultly of quickly moving a rescue boat, Griffin said firefighters making a water rescue on Beaver or Pine lakes will usually ask to borrow a nearby resident’s boat.

The board s also approved spending up to another $5,000 on repainting the boat, installing a radio and doing other necessary modifications.

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