CBFD buys Hovercraft

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CBFD buys Hovercraft

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:36 am

CBFD's hovercraft to aid in water rescues

To help with ice-water rescues, among other things, the department purchased a hovercraft at a cost of roughly $60,000 last summer.
“It flies, so it can go places where a boat can’t go,” said CBFD Technical Services Captain Jason Sorenson. “It flies 9 inches off the ground, so it doesn’t matter what’s underneath us. It will go anywhere. It can travel over water, grass, ice and snow.”

The CBFD is one of only 35 fire departments that use a hovercraft. James said there are more than 45,000 fire departments in the U.S.


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Re: CBFD buys Hovercraft

Postby MTO » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:10 am

It sounds like another example of "boys and their toys" but if it saves lives then it's well worth it.
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Re: CBFD buys Hovercraft

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:26 am

In the article they stated that they already used it once. Unfortunately it was for a body recovery instead of a rescue.

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Re: CBFD buys Hovercraft

Postby GRANDPASMUCKER » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:43 pm

I might buy one of those video camera/drones for myself for Christmas. Hows that for a news flash? :banana:


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