Clinton's new fire boat is getting a workout as firefighters are being trained on its capabilities.
On Friday, Clinton firefighters used the boat on a controlled burn of a riverfront house.
The boat was manufactured by Lake Assault Boats in Superior, Wis., and Rob Karwath, president and CEO of North Coast Communications, described it as the most elaborate fire boat on the Mississippi River. Karwath works with Lake Assault Boats.
The boat is able to pump up to 1,500 gallons per minute. The 36-foot all-aluminum boat is equipped with an enhanced radar and GPS system, night vision video capabilities, sonar for underwater search, a pressurized cabin for firefighting in dangerous conditions, radiation detection and other features, Karwath said. It cost about $400,000.
The Clinton Fire Department received the boat last weekend, and firefighters have been training on it for the past week.
Fire Chief Mike Brown said no general fund money was used for the boat. The majority of the funding was from a federal grant, and the local match came through donations from ADM and the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency with enough left over for operating the boat for several years.
(Dave Vickers contributed to this story.)