The Nashville Fire Department has added a 28-foot firefighting and rescue boat with a state of the art water nozzle to its flotilla.
According to fire officials, the 2012 Lake Assault craft cost $200,000 and was paid for with Homeland Security Department grant money. It replaces a Stratus craft that's been in service for more than 20 years and is currently housed at Station 22 in Pennington Bend.
The new craft, Boat 22, is a trailered boat so it can be moved quickly to any accommodating boat ramp in Davidson County, making it versatile in its response, fire officials said.
The fire department's Boat 9 was received in 2004 and the 43-foot Firestorm Fire-Rescue boat is currently docked at Riverfront Park for responses to fires on and near the river way and to serve the Cumberland River's numerous industries, pleasure crafts, commercial pleasure crafts and barges.
The Nashville Fire Department has responded to 80 water rescue emergencies over the last twelve months.
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