07/16/09 135 W, 1 I - + 11 - 8 Cornelius-Lemley To Purchase Fire Boat

Found on FireNews, here's an interesting WSCO-TV story about the planned purchase of a 33-foot fire boat for the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department in Mecklenburg County. The $400,000 watercraft will be used on Lake Norman (largest manmade body of water entirely within the state, incidentally) and will help protect their dozens of miles of shoreline, which include many large homes and condos. CLFD presently utilizes a 23-foot rigid-hull inflatable boat that's equipped with a 500 GPM pump. The new boat will pump 3,000 GPM, have an enclosed cabin, and be able to transport multiple victims from water rescues. (See also their Float the Boat page.) Funding is half town-funded, and half from grants and department fundraisers. The boat should be in the water by early next year. Read and watch the story.

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