Posted on November 28, 2011 by glenlake
In case you were wondering if the Glen Lake Fire Department’s new fire boat would have any problem negotiating the narrow and shallow channel between Big Glen and Fisher lakes….wonder no more. It was a smooth and quick trip through the channel, giving a great opportunity for catching this photo.
After making a quick sprint down the shore to get the photo, the crew kindly offered to give a show of the reach of the spray. Pretty impressive, that’s for sure!
The water is nice and calm in Big Fisher, but a wind advisory warned of high wind gusts on the return trip and the crew was challenged with negotiating the waves on Big Glen. That could have been fun. I guess you will just have to ask the crew! It’s nice to know we now have this added layer of fire protection.
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Posted on November 3, 2011 by glenlake
Just as I was listening to Channel 9 & 10 News report on the launching of the Glen Lake Fire Department’s new fire boat, I saw it approaching our shoreline & got a few shots before it powered out of sight. Talk about serendipity.
From Channel 9 & 10 news report: Fire crews in Glen Arbor have waited many years for this day, because a new rescue boat will make their job a lot easier. This isn’t just any boat, it was designed by a naval architect, and built by a custom builder in New Hampshire who hand-delivered the boat.
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The entire $265,000 cost of the 28-foot fire boat was raised by community members in three months. Fire Chief, John Dodson, says the boat adds new capability for fighting fires on boats, wildfires near the water, as well as homes along the waterfront. Nearly 75% of the homes in the Glen Lake area are within 1000 feet of a body of water.
The fire boat will be used on Lake Michigan and Glen Lake. Fire fighters have been receiving U.S. Coast Guard training on boat piloting and operation, as well as marine firefighting techniques.
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