A local fire department has a new tool for emergency response to any flooding that may happen this spring.
WCFD Chief Andy Roughton said, “It’s our new rescue boat here at the City of Webb City.”
It’s a 14 foot inflatable watercraft, something the department hasn’t had for decades, according to Roughton. “Paradise Lake is one of our main concerns. Obviously it’s in King Jack Park so that way if there would be a water emergency be able to help the citizens there.”
Or flooding or at local ponds – even mutual aid at nearby lakes and creeks. Roughton points out having a boat onsite could be crucial when there’s an emergency. “Time’s a huge factor; this will give us the advantage to respond immediately and not have to wait.”
Right now, they’re in training. Roughton added, “We’ll always operate with three personnel; one operating the motor or engine, and then we’ll have two in the craft to work with the victims.”
The project cost about $8,000 for the boat, motor, trailer and safety equipment; and the project could expand farther in the future. “We don’t have any divers yet but that’s something eventually I think in the future to work on.”
The rescue boat will be based out of the fire station at Ellis and 5th Street.