Tahoe Douglas Fire Dept. launches new fire boat

STATELINE, Nev. (KOLO) The Tahoe Douglas Fire Department officially launched and dedicated its new fire boat. Marine 24 is a "floating fire hydrant" and rescue boat.

"That's what's important, is having this boat to be able to respond to fires whether they be forest fires on the lake shore or home fires," Eric Guevin, TDFD Fire Marshall, said.

The boat cost $450,000 and was purchased with support from protection homeowners int the area. Guevin said the boat will give fire fighters access to areas they could not have reached before.

"The fire engines wouldn't be able to get to that water," Guevin said. "Now, they can."

Chad Dumars of Lake Assault Boats said the technology on the boat allows it to stay in position despite any harsh conditions. Plus, the lighting capability means it's not limited to only daylight hours.

Guevin said the boat is officially ready to go and will be in the lake year-round.

"It's the first time we've ever had a boat like this," he said.