Chelan Fire and Rescue has launched Marine 71- a rescue boat to assist with water related emergencies.
The district began a Rapid Entry Rescue Swimmer Program in 2010 in order to be ready to respond to any water related emergency that might occur such as drowning, near drowning, sunken boat, boat fire, motor vehicle accident involving vehicles entering the water, fuel/oil spills, boat accidents, medical calls on vessels, marina fires, inaccessible shoreline fires, transport of tools, manpower and natural disasters.
Since it started, the rapid entry program has trained 12 firefighters- three of those are nationally certified.
District 7 Fire Chief, Tim Lemon, says the program recently came to a point when they new they needed more than just trained staff, and purchased a pre-owned 2006 model boat.
Marine 71 was purchased by the department for $6500, after the original owner purchased it new for $26,500."CLICK HERE" for Audio