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New emergency rescue airboat being launched in Red Deer

March 12, 2019 10:52 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Starting this week, anyone close to the Red Deer River may hear or see a new rescue watercraft atop the ice.

Red Deer Emergency Services has received its new emergency rescue airboat and training is scheduled to continue tomorrow and Wednesday. The new airboat is a replacement for the jet boat previously used for water rescues in Red Deer.

“The new airboat is an exciting addition to our fleet, it’ll give us better accessibility to the Red Deer River and other bodies of water year-round,” ADC Damian LaGrange, Assistant Deputy Chief, Red Deer Emergency Services said. “Compared to the previous boat used, we’ll not only be able to take the airboat out in open water, but also on ice making certain winter rescues quicker and safer for our crews.”

While this new airboat increases response capability, the inherent design of an airboat means that there is more sound created by both the engine and fan blade. During the design and build process, all measures were taken to reduce the decibel output of the engine and fan blade.

“Our hope is that citizens will understand the advantage realized with this new craft. It is not a leisure boat, it will only be used for training and emergencies.” LaGrange said. “We ask that anyone who sees the boat in operation stays a safe distance away from the watercraft not only for their own safety, but also to allow our members to work quickly and safely as with any other emergency call we respond to.”

For more information and photos of the airboat, visit www.reddeer.ca/emergency.

For more information, please contact:

Damian LaGrange
Assistant Deputy Chief
Red Deer Emergency Services
403-346-5511

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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