New rescue boat added to Pedernales Fire’s fleet

New rescue boat acquired by the Pedernales Fire Department. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
New rescue boat acquired by the Pedernales Fire Department. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — When seconds can mean life or death, a new tool acquired by the Pedernales Fire Department is making it easier to save people from water or fire.

On Tuesday, the department showed off their new fire rescue boat that is specifically designed for firefighting and to rescue people from the water.

If someone can’t get out of the water, the boat has a bow door that first responders can use to lift people out of the water.

Since Pedernales FD covers numerous areas along Lake Travis, the terrain can be detrimental when fire crews need to access homes that are along the waterfront.

“What we struggled with on this fire was water supply,” says Lt. Kyle Swarts as he points to a home that was damaged in a fire. “We were using drop tanks and tender shuttles but the closest hydrant to this spot was well over a mile of a drive through windy roads and low speed limits.”

The boat’s new deck gun should help with future fire fights.

“This is a perfect example where we are able to provide that on-site water supply to engines could’ve made a huge difference. Now that we have this available to us I think it will make a huge difference in the future,” says Swarts.

Water gun in action on Pedernales FD's new boat. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
Water gun in action on Pedernales FD’s new boat. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

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