Lake Assault Delivers “Floating Fire Hydrant”

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA—Lake Assault Boats, a manufacturer of mission-specific boats for fire, law enforcement, and public safety agencies, as well as commercial marine industries, has delivered a custom-built 28-foot fire and rescue boat to the Fallen Leaf Lake Community Service District, California.

The District provides fire protection and other services to a secluded residential, resort, and vacation community around Fallen Leaf Lake. It will use the boat to pump lake water to stand pipes located around the lake for fire suppression in higher-elevation areas. The District’s volunteer fire department also will use the boat for search and rescue missions in the region, which has limited road access and is typical in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

“Already the boat has exceeded our expectations,” Chief Gary Gerren says. “We’ve used it on three different calls in recent days. We had a small fire on the beach, we assisted the Sheriff’s Office in finding some people who were reported lost, and we went on a medical call.”

The all-welded aluminum landing craft is 28 feet long and 9.5 feet wide with a walk-around enclosed pilot house, providing maximum deck space for operations. It has a six-liter marinized V8 General Motors engine that feeds a Darley PSDE fire pump. The powerful pump was specified to meet demanding requirements of this high-altitude region, delivering 1,500 gpm at 150 psi. The boat also has an extensive Lowrance electronics package, including dual-screen radar, GPS, side-scan sonar, and FLIR infrared camera, all of which will be used in rescue and recovery missions.

“This boat is like a floating fire hydrant,” says Jerry Atherton, founder and director of sales and product Development for Lake Assault. “It gets the job done.” Atherton conducted extensive day and night training with the Fallen Leaf Lake firefighters so they could become familiar with their new boat.

“The enthusiasm of the personnel really helps when we deliver a new boat to a volunteer fire department,” he said. “That enthusiasm was evident throughout the entire Fallen Leaf Lake community. It is refreshing to see such tremendous support from the residents and businesses in the service area.”

Gerren adds, “I’m more than pleased with the results. I treated the purchase of this boat just like I would the purchase of any fire apparatus. It’s a big investment for us. I have been overwhelmed with the boat we received and the customer service Lake Assault has provided.”

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