Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a renowned manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has delivered a 26-foot fire and rescue craft to the Owasco Fire Department in Auburn, New York. The boat was scheduled to be featured at the 2020 FDIC Expo. “The Owasco Fire Department’s protection area includes Owasco Lake, one of the iconic Finger Lakes in New York State and a very popular recreational body of water,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “We are proud to have the opportunity to engineer and manufacture a craft ideally suited for Owasco Fire Department’s protection area.” ground-based firefighting operations The Owasco Fire Department’s V-hull craft features a 9-foot, 6-inch beam and a carrying capacity of 3,500 lbs. It is powered by twin Yamaha four-stroke outboard engines (rated at 225 HP each). The boat is equipped with a walk-around pilothouse offering an interior clearance height of 76-inches. The ergonomic helm station and dash console includes a 12-inch Garmin touchscreen integrated with GPS, sonar with SideVu and DownVu, Chart Plotting, and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR). Other features on the Owasco FD craft include a 1,250 GPM Darley fire pump powered by a dedicated 4.3 liter engine, stainless steel plumbing, a TFT monitor, three 2.5-inch discharges, and connections for a five-inch large diameter hose (LDH) to support ground-based firefighting operations. A proprietary sea chest design prevents cavitation and assures proper water flow.
Lake Assault Boats, globally renowned manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fireboats, will deliver the first of two 35-foot patrol vessels to the U.S. Army’s Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) base later this month. The second vessel will be delivered in March; both were purchased through a GSA schedule contract. MOTSU military terminal Located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, MOTSU is one of the world’s largest military distribution terminals in the world. “We are thrilled to place these powerful and versatile patrol boats into service at one of our armed forces’ most important shipping facilities in the country,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “It is especially gratifying to be selected by the U.S. Army and through our GSA schedule contract.” The identical crafts are 35 feet long (excluding engines and engine guards) with a 10-foot beam The identical crafts are 35 feet long (excluding engines and engine guards) with a 10-foot beam. The V-hull vessels are powered by triple 250-hp outboard motors capable of achieving a top speed of 45 knots. Each features a fully enclosed pilothouse with cuddy cabin and also has seating for ten persons. The hulls are protected by a polyurethane foam collar wrap, and each carry dual weapon mounts (one forward and one aft) able to accommodate up to .50 caliber machine guns. Lake Assault Boats patrol vessels The draft for each boat is no greater than 18-inches when the motors are trimmed up and 24-inches when trimmed down. “Despite the triple outboard configuration, and 750 combined horsepower, the vessels are able to maneuver in shallow water,” explained DuMars. Lake Assault Boats will provide eight hours of personalized training when the boats are delivered. MOTSU is the key ammunition shipping point on the Atlantic coast for United States armed forces worldwide. The base is located on the banks of the Cape Fear River and has, within its borders, Governors Creek, Fishing Creek, as well as several smaller bodies of water.
The Secaucus Fire Department, located in Hudson County, New Jersey, placed a 28-foot Lake Assault Boats firefighting and rescue craft into service earlier this summer. The department’s firefighting and emergency response area includes a large portion of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers (and their 28 bridges) that empty into Newark Bay and the Hudson River. Firefighting and recue craft “We’re located in a somewhat landlocked part of the river system, so our new fireboat has to be versatile and self-sustaining in case of a major incident,” said Fire Chief Carl Leppin, a 22-year veteran of the department and chief since 2014. “With help from Lake Assault Boats, we were able to customize the design to meet our needs. And their response to requests, and overall excellent customer service, are very important to us.” The Secaucus Fire Department is a member of the New York and New Jersey Regional Fireboat Taskforce The Secaucus Fire Department is a member of the New York and New Jersey Regional Fireboat Taskforce, comprised of 12 fire departments, including FDNY and the U.S. Coast Guard. This is the first fireboat taskforce of its kind in the country, and its combined team protects over 50 miles of New Jersey shoreline containing transportation hubs, transfer facilities, manufacturing plants, and other critical infrastructure. Critical emergency response “We’re thrilled to have one of our craft serving with the Secaucus Fire Department on such a critically important waterway,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “This custom engineered vessel features fast response combined with capabilities to address a wide range of emergency scenarios.” The boat’s landing craft style hull sports a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door (with an integrated ladder for diver re-entry) and flat tread areas for ATV deployment. The boat also features a clear opening dive door, swimmer’s grab rails, a davit crane, and a floating stokes basket for faster patient retrieval from the water. It is powered by twin 350 hp outboards that enable the boat to reach 50 miles per hour in open water conditions. infrared FLIR video camera The full-width, fully enclosed pilothouse is located mid-ship with deck space both on the fore and shaft. The vessel is equipped with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNE) positive pressure defense capabilities. The helm station carries controls for both fire pump and monitor controls, as well as two 12-inch touchscreens with GPS, Sonar with SideVu and DownVu, chart plotting, and a roof-mounted forward looking infrared (FLIR) video camera. The new craft has greatly improved our response capabilities in our protection area" The boat’s draft is just 28 inches when the motor is trimmed up and 32 inches when trimmed down, an important consideration for the department. “The department’s previous boat needed a full five feet of draft to safely maneuver, so our new boat can reach much closer to shore in low tide situations – and that’s a huge benefit. Our team loves the new craft,” Chief Leppin added. warning lights and fire pump For its firefighting operations, the boat is outfitted with a 1500 gpm fire pump powered by a dedicated 350 hp marinized V-8 engine. The craft features deck and bow mounted monitors, a foam system, and a five-inch large diameter hose discharge to support ground based firefighting operations. Other notable features include a full complement of LED floodlights, warning lights, scene lights, and remote-controlled spotlights. “We applied for a Federal FEMA Port Security Grant three years in a row, and this year we were approved,” added Chief Leppin. “We received help from the Mayor Gonnelli, the Town Council, Congressman Pascrel, and the U.S. Coast Guard throughout the grant process, and are grateful for their support. The new craft has greatly improved our response capabilities in our protection area.”
The City of Pittsburgh River Rescue Unit, located in Pittsburgh, Penn., has selected Lake Assault Boats to construct a 30-foot EMS river rescue vessel. The craft’s primary mission is to perform rescues in response to water emergencies, administer advanced life support (ALS) services, assist firefighting operations, and provide security for the nation’s second largest inland port. The vessel will be among Lake Assault Boats’ most powerful rescue boat in its history and is slated to be delivered in fall 2019. EMS river rescue vessel “This is our second craft for the City of Pittsburgh in the past three years, and we’re thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from a city known for its vital waterways and iconic riverfront,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “This custom craft features fast response combined with a full toolbox of capabilities to address a wide range of emergency scenarios.” The boat’s Catamaran style hull is engineered for enhanced stability and maneuverability The boat’s Catamaran style hull is engineered for enhanced stability and maneuverability, and it is powered by two state-of-the-art Yamaha 425 hp outboard engines for maximum response time. Slow speed maneuvering is controlled by Yamaha’s Helm Master joystick steering and digital anchoring system. The vessel features a 74” hydraulically operated bow door, a heated front deck, dive step cutouts; and it can deploy a SWAT team and its equipment, including an ATV vehicle. Emergency rescue and relief operations “This new rescue vessel will respond to just about any emergency – from a medical situation on a river cruise ship, to a SWAT team’s mission or a fire on a fishing boat, “said Division Chief Raymond S. Everitt, a 35-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. “In addition, our Unit participates in several mutual aid agreements and there are times we’ll need to travel long distances. The craft’s 45 mph estimated top speed will greatly improve our response time.” The boat carries an ALS squad on board and is equipped with the same medical gear found on a traditional ambulance. Its 10-foot long, fully enclosed pilothouse has an 80-inch interior clearance height, with ample room to treat patients in space protected from the elements. Equipped with HD radar, FLIR systems For firefighting operations, the boat is outfitted with a Darley 750 gpm fire pump There is an operator’s captain seat with storage below, additional bench seating, and numerous storage compartments. The helm station features integrated fire pump controls and an overhead radio rack. The craft will carry a full spectrum of electronics, including chart plotter, HD radar, sonar, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system, all controlled through two Garmin touchscreens. For firefighting operations, the boat is outfitted with a Darley 750 gpm fire pump (stored in a recessed deck compartment) with through-hull suction into a sea chest, and an Elkhart deck monitor and nozzle. Other notable features include a full complement of LED floodlights, warning lights, and spotlights; a hinged radar arch; and an SCBA dive bottle rack.
Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, is showcasing two vessels at booth #9133 on April 11-13 at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana. A 32-foot fire and rescue craft – shown courtesy of the Duluth Fire Department of Duluth, Minnesota – is center stage. Also on display is a nimble 22-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) that is ideal for fast shallow water response. Unmatched Emergency Response It is powered by twin Mercury Verado V-8 four-stroke outboard engines (rated at 300 hp each) “We are honored and excited to bring the Duluth fireboat to FDIC; it represents cutting edge on-the-water emergency response and will soon serve the Duluth Fire Department on the world’s largest freshwater lake,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “In addition, our versatile shallow water, rigid hull inflatable craft, configured for firefighting, dive, and rescue operations, will be on hand.” The Duluth Fire Department’s 32-foot V-hull craft, named Marine 19, features a 10-foot, 6-inch beam and a carrying capacity of 3,500 lbs. It is powered by twin Mercury Verado V-8 four-stroke outboard engines (rated at 300 hp each). This is a brand-new engine offering that delivers power and fuel-efficiency for unmatched emergency response in its class. Helping First Responders The setup includes Mercury’s Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems, using GPS technology and an electronic compass to automatically control shifting, throttling, and steering in order to help first responders maintain heading and position when responding to an emergency. Other features on the Duluth craft include a 1,500 GPM Darley fire pump For example, when engaging the fire pump, the Skyhook Digital Anchor system automatically maintains the fireboat’s position so the operator can better concentrate on the mission at hand. Other features on the Duluth craft include a 1,500 GPM Darley fire pump powered by a dedicated 365 hp marinized engine, a remote-controlled 2,000 GPM rooftop monitor, a 12-foot, 6-inch long pilothouse (with a CBRNE positive pressure filtration system), twin 12-inch Garmin touchscreens, and a full suite of advanced electronics. Nimble Fire And Rescue Response The second craft on display at FDIC is a 22-foot Lake Assault Boats RHIB vessel engineered for fast and nimble fire and rescue response. This lightweight boat is able to operate in as little as 12-inches of water, and is an ideal fit for departments responding to a wide range of water conditions, including flooding. A heavy-duty buoyancy tube is available in three configurations: air filled, high-density foam, or a hybrid air bladder with a foam exterior. “Through a combination of quality products, innovative solutions, and an expanded sales and distribution team, we’ve experienced a record-breaking year,” explained DuMars. “At FDIC, we look forward to connecting with current customers and showcasing our capabilities to the entire industry.”
Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, announced that a wide array of the company’s craft is now available for purchase through HGACBuy, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program. Two departments – one from Dallas and a second from the state of Virginia – recently made Lake Assault Boats purchases through this Texas-based national organization. “Purchasing through the HGACBuy cooperative is a real win-win,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. Fire And Rescue Organizations “It’s great for us but, most importantly, it enables our customers – fire and rescue organizations from across the country – to buy our products in a streamlined fashion and at an excellent value.” This enables government entities to purchase through a more streamlined process at pre-negotiated prices H-GAC has been serving local governments for over 40 years. Products and services available through its HGACBuy cooperative (more than 7,300 items from 798 vendors) have been subject to either a competitive bid (IFB) or a competitive proposal (RFP) process. This enables government entities to purchase through a more streamlined process at pre-negotiated prices. Emergency Lighting Packages Lake Assault Boats fire and rescue boats available on HGACBuy include 14 distinct configurations, including landing craft, V-hull or catamaran-style hull; full-width, T-top or walk-around pilot house; fire pump options; a wide selection of electronics; scene and emergency lighting packages; and a choice of engine options from a variety of manufacturers. “Specifying a custom-built, mission-ready Lake Assault Boats emergency craft is a simple process through HGACBuy,” added DuMars. “We’ve listed a wide selection of sizes, styles, and pre-configured options and power packages that give our customers the ability to choose a boat that fits the needs of their department.”
A Lake Assault Boats fire and rescue craft now on duty with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was named one of WorkBoat magazine’s ‘10 Significant Boats of 2018’ at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. WorkBoat magazine is North America’s publication serving the inland and coastal waterways commercial maritime market. The Lake Assault Boats craft, named Marine 24, is designed to respond to a wide range of emergencies, including structural and wildland fires, and on-the-water rescue operations. Supplying Land-Based Firefighting Trucks “We are thrilled to have Marine 24 recognized by the industry’s leading publication as one of its 10 significant craft of 2018 – it’s quite an honor,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “But it’s even more gratifying to know that a Lake Assault fireboat is serving with the TDFPD to protect lives, property, and the pristine natural resources that surround Lake Tahoe.” In addition, a large hose discharge is able to supply land-based firefighting trucks The landing craft-style fireboat is outfitted with twin 350 hp outboard engines and a digital anchor and joystick piloting system that significantly improves the craft’s on-the-water performance. Its own firefighting capabilities include a 1500 gallons-per-minute water pump (powered by a dedicated V-8 engine), a rooftop remote-controlled water monitor, and two deck monitors. In addition, a large hose discharge is able to supply land-based firefighting trucks. The boat also sports a 74-inch hydraulically operated bow door. Emergency Access For Responding Fire Trucks The pilothouse features 80 inches of headroom, and an integrated helm station. Its onboard electronics include dual 12-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash, Garmin radar and sonar with GPS, chartplotting, structure / side scan, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. “The homes today surrounding Lake Tahoe are being built larger, closer together, and set back further from the lake, and emergency access for responding fire trucks is hampered by narrow roads and limited turnarounds,” explained Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal for TDFPD. “That makes this Lake Assault fireboat an important new tool in our firefighting arsenal.”
Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a globally renowned manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific craft, is showcasing a 24-foot patrol, rescue, and dive vessel at booth #3675 on November 28-30 at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. Representatives from Lake Assault Boats’ parent company, Fraser Industries, will be on hand to provide news and answer questions regarding the expansion of their operations on the shores of Lake Superior. Lake Assault Boats’ patrol, rescue and dive vessel “The design of this 24-foot patrol, dive and rescue vessel is generating very positive feedback and we could not be more thrilled; the need out there for a versatile, easy to operate and value priced craft is driving its success and helping us achieve in 2018 one of our largest ever year-over-year sales increases,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. Chad adds, “The vessel is extremely stable, can be operated by a single person, and is able to be customized to meet unique emergency response challenges. We’re very excited to showcase and explain its many benefits at the International WorkBoat Show.” Highly maneuverable, lightweight design The Lake Assault Boats craft on display is a modified V-hull design with a center console T-top configuration that is powered by twin Honda 200-hp outboards, making the vessel excellent for fast shallow water response. The highly maneuverable, lightweight design is able to operate in as little as 12 inches of water – ideal for first responders addressing a wide range of water conditions. A similar configuration was recently purchased by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to enforce commercial and sport fisheries laws as well as emergencies on Lake Superior. The International WorkBoat Show is North America’s top commercial marine industry event" The craft also features a boat weight of only 3,600 lbs. and a combined boat and trailer weight of approximately 5,100 lbs. With its twin Honda outboard engines, the vessels are capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots. Strong, robust body Manufactured from high-strength marine grade aluminum, the hull and superstructure are MIG and TIG welded throughout for added strength and long life. It features a Gilman foam collar system around the gunwales to prevent damage, a large open deck, a T-top helm station (with two shock mitigating seats that allow the operators to either stand or sit), a centrally-located operator’s position for excellent visibility, and an overhead waterproof electronics box. “The International WorkBoat Show is North America’s top commercial marine industry event, and we’re looking forward to meeting customers and making new connections at the exposition as well as at the conference’s excellent lineup of working sessions,” added DuMars.
In mid-June of this year, Lake Assault Boats, globally renowned manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fire boats, placed a 34-foot patrol vessel on duty with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Search and rescue missions The boat is moored at the law enforcement dock in Bayfield, Wisconsin State, on the shores of Lake Superior. Among the craft’s responsibilities are the enforcement of commercial and sport fisheries laws, and response to a wide range of search and rescue missions on Lake Superior. “Lake Assault Boats are engineered and manufactured on the shores of Lake Superior to stand up to the challenges faced when operating on the largest freshwater lake in the world,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “We are very proud to have this boat serving alongside the Wisconsin DNR to enforce regulations and keep citizens safe.” Digital anchor and joystick system Commercial and sport fishing regulations enforcement is a major aspect of the department’s mission Commercial and sport fishing regulations enforcement is a major aspect of the department’s mission, and this includes joint patrols with tribal wardens. These patrols often involve maneuvering in tight quarters in up to four- and even six-foot waves. Fortunately, the craft is outfitted with a digital anchor and joystick system to provide excellent boat control in challenging conditions. The craft features a modified V-hull design and a large walk around pilothouse with seating for four. The bow cuddy cabin includes a forward hatch and a full door separating the main cabin from a lower cabin area. The gunnel is a minimum of 12-inches wide, and there are numerous strategically mounted grab rails. The boat is about four feet longer and a foot wider than the one it replaced, and the wider gunnels and more numerous handrails are important safety features on Lake Superior. Fitted with advanced electronics Being outfitted with advanced electronics was another important priority when developing the craft’s specifications. There are Garmin 16-inch and 12-inch touchscreen monitors that control GPS, sonar, chartplotting, structure scan sonar, 4G radar and a forward looking infrared system. Other components include a multiband police radio, a WHF marine radio, and an electro-mechanical fold down radio tower mast. The craft was placed into service in mid-June and has already recorded more than 130 hours of service.
Lake Assault Boats, globally renowned manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fire boats, has announced that Bob Beck has been named its Director of Sales and Marketing. Also, Jim Sorenson has been named a Regional Sales Manager with additional responsibility for Government Sales. Both come to Lake Assault Boats with deep roots in the marine industry as well as impressive careers with the U.S. Coast Guard. Marine security “I am very excited to announce the addition of Bob and Jimmy to the Lake Assault Boats team,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “These positions are very important and reflect the expansion of our marketing and sales efforts across the country. Both of these quality individuals have extensive marine industry backgrounds, and have served our country with distinction as members of the U.S. Coast Guard.” Beck is well known in the industry. Prior to joining Lake Assault, he served as Director of Sales for Willard Marine, where his responsibilities included all sales and training functions. He previously worked for Zodiac of North America as its director of government sales, where he oversaw daily operations of the company’s military, first responder, and law enforcement markets. Marine safety expert Prior to joining Lake Assault, Sorenson managed sales for two aluminum boat manufacturers Over the course of his 24-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Beck served in numerous roles involving marine safety, responder qualifications, inspections, and pollution investigations. Those various positions include Beck’s service as supervisor of the Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) in Unalaska, Alaska and Coos Bay, Oregon, and as an Assistant MSD in Kenai, Alaska, USA. Prior to joining Lake Assault, Sorenson managed sales for two aluminum boat manufacturers, where his responsibilities included leadership of proposal and quote development for a team of sales representatives across the country. Maritime law enforcement instructor Sorenson also served 11 years in the U.S. Coast Guard in a variety of roles, including as a machinery technician and a maritime law enforcement instructor, among his accomplishments there include earning the prestigious boat coxswain certification. “Bob’s and Jimmy’s skillsets will be excellent assets as we continue to grow our presence in the industry,” added DuMars. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have both of these gentlemen on board.”
Lake Assault Boats, global manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fire boats, has a 31-foot patrol vessel on duty with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit based in northern Rockland County, New York, USA. Placed into service in 2017, the craft patrols a vital 33-mile section of the lower Hudson River that includes the Bear Mountain Bridge, the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge), the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and a pleasure craft marina with more than 850 boat slips. “We are honored to have a Lake Assault Boats custom patrol vessel serving with the Rockland County Water Patrol Unit, helping to protect the citizens and important infrastructure along one of the nation’s most important rivers,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “The craft is custom designed and equipped with a wide array of advanced technologies to meet the unique needs of this customer.” Lake Assault Boats’ custom patrol vessels The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit provides enforcement, safety, ecological, and rescue services The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit provides enforcement, safety, ecological, and rescue services. The craft also participates in joint operations exercises with the U.S. Coast Guard. During high boat traffic days – such as weekends and holidays – the vessel is assigned to maintain a security post at the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge construction site to keep boaters away from a safety zone established by the U.S. Coast Guard. The craft also carries mobile radiation monitoring equipment to measure and locate any possible sources of radiation along the waterway. “The boat has proven itself to be a great addition to our fleet. It can cruise at 38 knots or better and is highly maneuverable, and it runs very well in rough water,” said Sgt. Omar Munoz, an 11- year veteran of the Marine Unit and part of the team that wrote the boat’s specs. “Furthermore, the after sale service and support provided by Lake Assault Boats has been excellent. We had a couple of small issues, initially, and their team responded quickly and went out of its way to help us out.” Equipped with radar, sonar and infrared system Manufactured from high-strength marine grade aluminum, and utilizing Lake Assault’s proven stringer system and modified V hull design, the craft is 31 feet long and has an 11-foot beam. It is powered by dual Mercury Verado 300 hp engines with digital throttle, shift, and power steering. The fully-enclosed pilothouse is equipped with aft, port and starboard weather tight doors, overhead spotter windows, shock mitigating seats, cuddy bench seats, a workstation, and a 15,000 BTU rooftop air conditioner. The boat’s sophisticated electronics include radar, side scan sonar, VHF radio, forward looking infrared, and a 14.1-inch sunlight viewable touchscreen display. “The electronics in this craft are state of the art, and are making our officers much more effective as well as safer on the water,” added Munoz. “We have made especially good use of the side scan sonar in shallow water situations.”
Lake Assault Boats, globally renowned manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fire boats, delivered a 26-foot patrol vessel to the Town of Essex Resident State Trooper’s Office located in Essex, Connecticut. The craft – placed into service early this summer – serves along portions of the Connecticut River that flows through Middlesex County. Lake Assault patrol vessel “We are very excited to deliver and help place this versatile patrol boat into service along a busy stretch of the Connecticut River that flows through Essex, Connecticut,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations, adding “The craft is custom-built and is equipped with a wide array of advanced technologies to enhance the department’s patrol and emergency response capabilities.” The craft is custom-built and is equipped with a wide array of advanced technologies" “We had the opportunity to evaluate a Lake Assault fire boat demonstration during the time we were identifying our requirements for a new patrol boat, and we liked what we saw,” said Town of Essex Resident State Trooper David Tretter. Equipped with digital throttle and shift systems He adds, “This stretch of the Connecticut River waterfront is filled with marinas, islands, and significant boat traffic, and our new patrol craft sees extensive duty Friday through Sunday. It is also on call around the clock for any emergencies that might arise. Our team is extremely happy with its performance and reliability.” The welded aluminum craft features a progressive “V” hull design with a 16-18 degree dead rise and a full width dive platform at the transom. It is powered by a pair of Suzuki 150 hp outboard motors with digital throttle and shift systems. Sonar, radar, VHF radio and FLIR camera system The boat is equipped with sonar, radar, a VHF radio, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera system. The 8-foot long pilothouse is fully enclosed with excellent outward visibility, twin sliding and locking doors, air ride shock suspension seating and a 76-inch interior clearance height.
Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a leading manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, is showcasing two vessels at booth #9125 on April 26-28 at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The company’s first ever rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), featuring a modified V-hull design and a large protective collar that is ideal for fast shallow water response will be on display, as will a 28-foot fire boat powered by twin 250 hp outboard engines. Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat The 22-foot Lake Assault RHIB craft is engineered for fast and nimble fire and rescue response. The lightweight boat features a shallow draught, and is able to operate in as little as 12 to 14 inches of water. It is an ideal fit for departments responding to a wide range of water conditions including flooding. A patrol boat variant of the RHIB design was recently purchased by a county emergency response agency in northern Wisconsin. “Our brand-new 22-foot RHIB is a natural product line extension for Lake Assault, and its development is in response to numerous requests we’ve received from first responders for a versatile, easy to operate, and value-priced craft,” explained Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “The RHIB can be launched and operated by a single person and can be configured for firefighting, dive, rescue and patrol operations. We’re very excited to introduce the RHIB at FDIC.” Heavy-duty buoyancy tube The Lake Assault RHIB is rated for up to 225 hp and is capable of speeds in excess of 45 mph The Lake Assault RHIB is rated for up to 225 hp and is capable of speeds in excess of 45 mph. It features a large open deck, a T-top helm station, and a centrally-located operator’s position for excellent visibility. The heavy-duty buoyancy tube is available in three configurations: air filled, high density foam, or a hybrid air bladder with a foam exterior. The craft on display at FDIC is equipped with a Darley 375-gpm pump powered by a compact Honda engine. The second Lake Assault craft on display features a 28-foot hull length, a 9-foot 6-inch beam, and a carrying capacity of 4,000 lbs. Manufactured from high-strength marine grade aluminum, the hull and superstructure are MIG and TIG welded throughout for added strength and long life. It is equipped with twin Mercury Verado 250 hp outboard engines capable of achieving 40+ mph. Other features include a 1500 GPM Darley fire pump, a 76-inch tall pilot house, a full suite of Garmin electronics, and a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door. FDIC International Lake Assault Boats is showcasing two vessels at FDIC (booth #9125), including the company’s first ever rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) featuring a modified V-hull design and a large inflatable buoyancy tube collar that is ideal for shallow water situations.
Lake Assault Boats, global manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has delivered a 32-foot fireboat, named Marine 24, to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The custom-built craft is in service 24/7, 365 days a year, with marine firefighter training for all crews to be completed this spring. Marine 24 fireboat The boat is designed to respond to a wide range of emergencies, including structural and wildland fires The boat is designed to respond to a wide range of emergencies, including structural and wildland fires, and on-the-water rescue operations. It is funded, in part, by donations and fees collected for membership in an innovative fee-for-service program. “We are thrilled to have this Lake Assault fireboat serve with the Tahoe Douglas FPD to help protect lives, property, and natural resources on one of our nation’s most revered bodies of water,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. Enhanced firefighting system “The craft’s powerful firefighting system enables the boat to function like a floating fire hydrant, and its rescue capabilities offer first responders the flexibility to respond to any emergency.” An independent, third-party fire engineer reviewed strategies to address the area’s fire protection requirements, and supported the TDFPD Board of Trustees’ decision to approve the fireboat purchase. “A comprehensive plan has been developed to aid firefighting in areas without a traditional fire suppression water supply,” explained Scott Baker, Fire Chief for TDFPD. “The new boat will give our firefighters access to a much larger water supply, and one that is pumped from the lake in a safe and ecological manner. This new capability will directly save lives, property, and our precious Lake Tahoe environment from catastrophic fire damage.” Fire trucks “Homes today around Lake Tahoe are larger, built closer together, and are located further from the lake, while emergency access is hampered by narrow roads and limited turnarounds for responding fire trucks; that makes this fireboat an important new tool in our firefighting arsenal,” added Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal for TDFPD. Eric adds, “We learned about Lake Assault through a neighboring department, and had several opportunities to see its boat in action. We really needed this apparatus to meet the code requirements and provide fire protection to homes along the lake that are not yet connected to a municipal water system.” Landing craft-style fireboats The V-hull, landing craft-style fireboat is outfitted with twin 350 hp Mercury Verado four-stroke engines The progressive V-hull, landing craft-style fireboat is outfitted with twin 350 hp Mercury Verado four-stroke outboard engines, and is equipped with the Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems that significantly improve the craft’s on-the-water performance. It features a 1500 gpm Darley pump (powered by a dedicated V-8 engine), a rooftop remote-controlled TFT Monsoon monitor, two deck monitors, and a large diameter hose discharge mounted in front of the pilothouse to supply land-based apparatus. The boat also sports a 74-inch hydraulically operate bow door (with an integrated ladder), a port side dive door, and hose storage compartments. Garmin radar, sonar with GPS functionality The pilothouse is 11-feet long and 9.5-feet wide, with center position fore and aft doors, 80 inches of headroom, and an integrated helm station. Its onboard electronics include dual 12-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash, Garmin radar and sonar with GPS, chartplotting, structure / side scan, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) is an “All Risk” Department providing fire prevention, fire suppression; advanced life support, explosive ordinance disposal, forest fuels management, and emergency rescue. The dedicated professionals of TDFPD respond to approximately 2,000 emergency calls annually.