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Anderson Island Fire/Rescue Accepts Delivery of new Fireboat

posted Jan 22, 2014, 9:26 AM by Julie Harter

Last year Anderson Island Fire/Rescue was awarded a Homeland Security Grant through FEMA for the purchase of a new fireboat. After a long process of research, developing specifications to fit our needs and going out to bid; the construction contract was awarded to Armstrong Marine out of Port Angeles, WA. Construction began in May, 2013 and we took delivery of our new boat on December 23rd in Port Angeles. Members of our marine division, along with 2 employees of Armstrong Marine, spent 4 hours bringing the boat back to Anderson Island.  Admittedly, that the seas were not calm that day. We had 8 to 10 foot seas without a doubt. Our new boat impressively stood up to the test. I can assure you that our new boat is capable of handling any weather the South Sound can deliver.

Training with the new boat has begun, and we hope to have it in service by February 1st. We also plan to have an open house that will give residents of the island a chance to check out the boat. A date for this will be set in the near future.  If you have any suggestions for a name please drop us a note or stop by the station and let Julie know. The person providing a winning name will be invited for a test run on the new boat.

We plan to keep our existing fire boat for a period of 12 months, and after that time it will be sold.

If at any time you have any questions related to the fire department please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you,

Chief Bixler