A bet­ter boat for first re­spon­ders

The Enterprise - - News -

Mike Wil­son, a mem­ber of the Sec­ond Dis­trict Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and Res­cue Squad in Val­ley Lee, sits Mon­day af­ter­noon in a 25-foot former U.S. Coast Guard boat that he said the or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­quired with help re­ceived from Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s) in con­tact­ing the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ For­est Ser­vice, which got the ves­sel through a Fed­eral Ex­cess Prop­erty Pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s For­est Ser­vice. The boat, val­ued at $400,000, un­der­went fur­ther im­prove­ments after it was turned over to the fire and res­cue vol­un­teers at the end of the two-year ac­qui­si­tion process, and the state del­e­gate was cred­ited this week with work­ing to en­cour­age the state agency’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a sim­i­lar Depart­ment of De­fense Fire­fighter Prop­erty Pro­gram.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN WHARTON

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