Lake Assault Boats, has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in California. The versatile landing craft style vessels – one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long – are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios. Shown here is the 28 foot craft. Photo courtesy of Brandon Barsugli, San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department.
SUPERIOR,WI—Lake Assault Boats, a manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed two fire and rescue boats into service with the San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department. The versatile landing craft style vessels—one 28 feet long and the other 26 feet long—are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency response scenarios.
“Having two of our boats on duty with the San Bernardino County Fire Department is an honor,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “This is a highly regarded department that is charged with serving a very large and diverse fire protection district, and we are proud to help enhance their on-the-water emergency response capabilities.”
The 28-foot craft is stationed in Needles, California, and serves on the Colorado River. “This boat serves multiple purposes along a vitally important stretch of the river; we can directly fight fire or support ground-based operations, and it has comprehensive dive and rescue capabilities,” explained Brian Wells, engineer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department. “It also is designed to serve as a wildland team personnel carrier and ATV transport, addressing just about any emergency scenario that we encounter along the river.”
The 26-foot boat provides protection to resources along Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. “This mountainous region has a history of wildfires, and one of our unique challenges is protecting the many large houses that are close to shore but inaccessible by road,” said Wells. “We can station this boat at the backside of the house and use our deck monitor, or draft from the lake and take hoselines up to the fire scene. We can also lay hoselines to support land based fire apparatus.”
The fireboats are each outfitted with twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines and include the Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems. Both feature a 1,500-gpm Darley pump (powered by a dedicated V-8 engine) along with a TFT monitor and three discharge ports. The boats include a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door (with an integrated ladder), dual dive doors, a davit crane with twin socket locations, and a full-width T-top pilothouse. The onboard electronics include dual 12-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash, Garmin radar and sonar with SideVu and DownVu, chart plotting, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. Lake Assault provided three days of on-the-water orientation ahead of the boats being put into service.
“We first learned about Lake Assault through another fire department in the Tahoe area, and a couple of our guys flew up there to check it out,” said Wells. “When we started looking into their build quality and ability to customize to meet our department’s requirements, they floated to the top of our list. We have come to learn that they are a first-class builder, and I would recommend Lake Assault to anybody.”
About the San Bernardino (CA) County Fire Department
San Bernardino County—at 20,160 square miles—is the largest county in the continental U.S. The county features a population of over 2.2 million residents and encompasses extremely diverse environments that stretch from Los Angeles County on the west, to the Colorado River on the east, to the Nevada state line and Kern and Inyo counties to the north. County Fire protects more than 60 communities, including the cities of Needles, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Victorville, Hesperia, Yucca Valley, and Adelanto. The department has 81 different facilities, 1,200 employees, and hosts the California Urban Search and Rescue Team.
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