Duluth Fire Department To Receive Emergency Response Boat

The boat can hold up to eight firefighters in a remote area and four if it's for a common response and not a firefighting need.

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Coast Guard recently identified several gaps in resources in the port of Duluth and Superior.

But now both fire departments will have an extra boost.

“We will train with Superior Fire Department at some point, so they get an understanding of what the vessel’s capability is and where it’d be most useful in their area, but it will be manned by Duluth firefighters,” said DFD Captain Scott Kleive.

That will come in the form of a 31 foot long and 10 foot wide aluminum vessel and it’s been dubbed the All Hazard Quick Response Vessel.

Having this tool will allow both departments to respond to firefighting, search and rescue and environmental capabilities on the water.

“We can all agree that the lake is one of the most valuable resources here in this community and not just the community but the region, both nationally and internationally,” said Kleive. “We are working together to provide a safe and secure efficient port.”

The Duluth Fire Department was awarded a grant to help fund part of the construction and training for the boat. It’s expected to hit the waters by next Spring.

The boat will be housed at Pier B Resort in Duluth.


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