Superior-based Lake Assault Boats is earning recognition in its industry.
A Lake Assault Boats fire and rescue craft now on duty with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was named one of WorkBoat magazine's "10 Significant Boats of 2018" at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.
WorkBoat magazine is North America's leading publication serving the inland and coastal waterways commercial maritime market.
The Lake Assault Boats craft, named Marine 24, is designed to respond to a wide range of emergencies, including structural and wildland fires, and on-the-water rescue operations. "We are thrilled to have Marine 24 recognized by the industry's leading publication as one of its 10 significant craft of 2018 - it's quite an honor," said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. "But it's even more gratifying to know that a Lake Assault fire boat is serving ... to protect lives, property and the pristine natural resources that surround Lake Tahoe."
The landing craft-style fireboat is outfitted with twin 350 hp outboard engines and a digital anchor and joystick piloting system that significantly improves the craft's on-the-water performance. Its own firefighting capabilities include a 1500 gallons-per-minute water pump (powered by a dedicated V-8 engine), a rooftop remote-controlled water monitor, and two deck monitors. In addition, a large hose discharge is able to supply land-based firefighting trucks. The boat also sports a 74-inch hydraulically operated bow door.
The pilothouse features 80 inches of headroom, and an integrated helm station. Its onboard electronics include dual 12-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash, Garmin radar and sonar with GPS, chartplotting, structure/side scan, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) system.
"The homes today surrounding Lake Tahoe are being built larger, closer together, and set back further from the lake, and emergency access for responding fire trucks is hampered by narrow roads and limited turnarounds," said Eric Guevin, Lake Tahoe fire marshal. "That makes this Lake Assault fire boat an important new tool in our firefighting arsenal."