Massachusetts’ Dartmouth Fire Department gets new rescue RIB

Photo: Dartmouth Fire Department District 1 official Facebook page

The Dartmouth Fire Department in Massachusetts recently took delivery of a new rigid inflatable boat (RIB) for use in emergency response.

Built by Connecticut-based Defender Industries, the RIB has a length of 14 feet (4.2 metres), seating for up to eight, and a 40hp (29kW) Tohatsu outboard. It replaces an older 10-foot (three-metre) dinghy that has been in service with the department for 16 years.

The RIB will be capable of year-round operation unlike the department’s larger 30-foot (nine-metre) fire and rescue boat, which is to be placed in storage during the winter months.

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