Lake Assault Boats has delivered a 9.7-metre fireboat, Marine 24, to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Marine 24 is designed to respond to a wide range of emergencies, including structural and wildland fires, and on-the-water rescue operations.
The progressive V-hull, landing craft-style fireboat is outfitted with twin 261kW Mercury Verado four-stroke outboard engines, and is equipped with the Skyhook digital anchor and joystick piloting.
It also features a 5,678 litres-per-minute Darley pump (powered by a dedicated V8 engine), a rooftop remote-controlled TFT Monsoon monitor, two deck monitors, and a large diameter hose discharge mounted in front of the pilothouse to supply land-based apparatus.
The boat also sports a 1.9-metre hydraulically operated bow door (with an integrated ladder), a port side dive door, and hose storage compartments.
It was funded, in part, by donations and fees collected for membership in an innovative fee-for-service program.
TDFPD Fire Chief Scott Baker said the boat, which functions like a floating fire hydrant, will give firefighters access to a much larger water supply, and one that is pumped from the lake in a safe and ecological manner.
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