Stewiacke Fire Department receives new rescue boat from Alton Natural Gas Storage L.P.
Members of the Alton Project team were on hand October 12 with members of the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department for the official unveiling of the new rescue boat supported by the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project. (Photo Credit: Alton Natural Gas Storage L.P.)
Alton Natural Gas Storage L.P. recently donated a new rescue boat, outboard motor, and trailer to the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department.
The coverage area for the fire department covers large sections of the Stewiacke and Shubenacadie rivers, as well as local lakes.
Alton says until now, if a person was in trouble on the water, the department would need to call a neighboring fire department with a boat to help out and lose valuable time during a rescue.
Fire Chief Brent Murdock says the boat will help them, as volunteer firefighters, to be better able to respond to calls to help the public.
A rescue involving the boat will involve three trained volunteer firefighters, one to run the engine and two to help with the rescue, along with support by firefighters on shore as needed.