LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Safety is cruising forward for Louisville Fire and Rescue. WAVE 3 got an up close look at the department's new fire and rescue boat, a vessel that is quite a step up from the old 1976 Coast Guard vessel the fire department had been using.
Federal money from a Homeland Security grant paid for most of the $400,000 boat. Its features are pretty impressive. It can pump 2,000 gallons a minute and act as a hydrant when necessary. The boat can also shoot water all the way up to bridges, which would come in handy if a car were on fire.
"It will allow us the capability to get water up to the bridges. Now we can actually shoot streams over the bridge and for any barge incident we'll have it, too," Captain Bryan Stotts said.
The boat is also faster and has improved lighting which will be guide crews during water rescues. Fire Chief Greg Frederick says they get about 250 calls a year that they use the boat for. This boat was custom made and built locally at Kentuckiana Yacht Sales in Jeffersonville.