New boat for NEBCO

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

Fire­fight­ers with the North­east Ben­ton County (NEBCO) Fire Depart­ment help move a new fire and res­cue boat to a trailer Wed­nes­day at the main fire sta­tion in Garfield. The boat is 32 feet long and is equipped for fire­fight­ing and res­cue work on Beaver Lake, said Kara Funk, pres­i­dent of the NEBCO board of di­rec­tors. Much of the depart­ment’s re­sponse area is on the north end of the lake. The boat cost $360,000. One-third of the cost was funded with grants and do­na­tions, Funk said. The boat was cus­tom built in Seat­tle and de­liv­ered to the fire sta­tion Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Fea­tures in­clude four wa­ter dis­charge points for fire­fight­ing and a heated and cooled cabin for emer­gency trans­port of pa­tients. It is pow­ered by twin 300 horse­power out­board mo­tors. The boat will be docked at Lost Bridge Vil­lage, Funk added.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF

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