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Posted: May 25, 2017

FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: Darley

Chris Mc Loone talks to Jason Darley at FDIC Int'l 2017

At FDIC International 2017, host Chris Mc Loone of Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment talks to Jason Darley about the features that make Darley pumps unique.

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Posted: May 25, 2017

FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: US Fire Pumps

Chris Mc Loone and Chris Ferrara

Chris Mc Loone speaks to Chris Ferrara about US Fire Pumps at FDIC International 2017.

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Posted: May 25, 2017

FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: HME

Ken Lenz of HME and Chris Mc Loone

Host Chris Mc Loone talks to Ken Lenz of HME Inc. at FDIC International 2017.

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Posted: May 25, 2017

Fire in Chelan County now 78 percent contained

A wildfire burning at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination is largely under control after burning for two days. Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan says the fire near the town of Leavenworth was 78 percent contained Thursday morning. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 11:26:09 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
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Posted: May 25, 2017

Lake Assault Fireboat On Duty at the Waconia (MN) Fire Department

 Lake Assault Boats has one of its fireboats on duty with the Waconia (MN) Fire Department. The custom-built craft, named GURADIAN, was placed into service on Lake Waconia late last summer.

SUPERIOR, WI—Lake Assault Boats, a manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has one of its fireboats on duty with the Waconia (MN) Fire Department. The custom-built craft, named GUARDIAN, was placed into service on Lake Waconia late last summer and has already responded to several on-the-water emergencies.

“Our fireboat has responded to several calls, in a short period of time and has met all of our expectations,” said Brandon Kolesar, assistant fire chief with the Waconia (MN) Fire Department. “We’ve had weather-related emergencies, a multiagency missing person event that included hundreds of man-hours, and calls to assist people in small craft that needed help to get off the water. The Lake Assault boat handles the waves and rough water really well, so we’ve had no issues going out, securing them, and getting them safely back to shore.”

During the purchase process, one of the department’s challenges was to forecast future on-the-water emergency response needs. The community anticipates that the lake activity will continue to grow, especially with the proposed addition of new running paths, hiking trails, park buildings, and camping on Lake Waconia’s Coney Island.

The custom Lake Assault modified V-hull design features a landing craft style configuration with a hydraulically operated bow door and removable side railings to enable faster and more efficient rescue operations. The 21-foot fireboat is equipped with an extended T-top-style cabin with a roll-up security door for the helm station; a 250-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke engine; a 500-gpm deck mounted fire pump and monitor; four remote controlled spotlights; a stokes carrier; and a Garmin 12-inch touchscreen with Chartplotter, GPS, maps, and sonar.

The boat, intended to be docked at one of the local marinas, is poised for a rapid response. “One of our biggest fears is a collision on the water with multiple injuries,” explained Kolesar. “It’s this possibility that requires the capabilities we have with the new fireboat. It’s the ultimate platform to work from, secure patients, and to allow us to navigate into shallower waters. We’ve received positive feedback from the Carver County Dive Team.”

“I didn’t believe we’d be able to afford a fireboat that could meet our needs and fit our budget,” said Kolesar. “One of our captains came across Lake Assault at a trade show and we discovered we could get something in our price range. We’ve been really pleased–and it’s certainly been an eye grabber in the community.”

For more information, visit www.lakeassault.com.

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