Hot Springs Receives New Swift Water Rescue Boat

Published 03/27 2014 10:42PM

Updated 03/27 2014 10:46PM

HOT SPRINGS, AR -- Hot Springs firefighters are now better equipped for water emergencies.

The department just received a new state-of-the-art swift water rescue boat.

The inflatable motor-powered craft will help in situations where people may be trapped by high water in their car or home.

The boat is fast, light and uses low engine power making it perfect for dangerous rescues.

Lt. Keith Goss said, "We are excited about it and also it's the quality of the equipment we have is top-notch. I mean, it doesn't get any better than this."

The boat will travel all across the state helping in emergency situations.

More than a dozen Hot Springs firefighters are already trained in swift water rescues.

They will get more training on the boat this summer.

The boat was paid for with a more than $200,000 Homeland Security grant.

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