Shelburne firefighters use ropes to haul a person onboard the new rescue boat.
Amy Woolvett photo
By Amy Woolvett
The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department has stretched its sea legs with the newest addition to their fleet, a 22-foot fiberglass boat.
The boat will help the department respond to calls for search and rescue in local harbours.
The department purchased the $26,000 rescue boat last month and they were able to recently test out the boat using rescue techniques.
“We were able to get familiar with the new boat and everything worked excellent,” said chief of the fire department, Edgar Allison.
Members headed out into the harbour with the boat as well as the 16-foot zodiac for a training exercise.
Allison said it was an important addition to the department saying the zodiac will be primarily used in lakes and the new boat used in the harbour.
“Once outside the harbour it becomes a Coast Guard rescue,” he said.
He said the department has responded to numerous harbour or lake calls over the years including rescues and recoveries.
Fire department members held the practice on the new vessel to learn how to rescue a person from the water and found the new boat to work much better for their needs.
“It feels stable,” said Allison. “There was no room for a stretcher on the zodiac but this one has much more space.”
He said the boat would be available outside of its service area in Shelburne County, if needed.