Toledo Fire and Rescue received a new dive boat for water search and rescue operations.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The city of Toledo has received a new dive boat for water search and rescue operations by Toledo Fire and Rescue.
A 26-foot dive boat will soon be put into action, purchased with Homeland Security funds. Lt. Matt Hertzfeld says because the boat is jet-propelled and does not use motors with propellers, the new dive boat will be able to go into more shallow waters. This also eliminates a safety concern by allowing divers to use a platform at the back of the vessel for diving operations.
"When you're in a dive operation, especially in an extended dive operation, to have a platform which you can work from that has a degree of comfort, as well as safety, that's important to our divers," said Hertzfeld.
The department used a $234,000 Port Security grant to purchase the dive boat, a trailer and a truck to haul the boat, along with portable sonar equipment.