On Saturday October 7th, The San Bernardino County Fire Department launched its new state of the art, high tech Fire Boat on Lake Arrowhead with the assistance of the Arrowhead Lake Association. This new $245,000 boat replaces an older less effective boat with new advanced life and property saving equipment on board. According to Captain Carlos Corletto, this boat is capable of pumping a stream of water at 1,500 gallons per minute to effectively fight fires on the lake and stream onto lakefront homes when needed. At speeds up to 55 miles per hour, sonar, GPS, night-vision and underwater mapping, the new Fire Boat can quickly assist in any type of emergency situation that comes up. Designed to be beached, this boat has a drop down bow ramp allowing for fast, easy loading on and off. The Fire Boat is powered by twin 300 horsepower Mercury engines and was custom built in Wisconsin by Lake Assault Boats.
An inaugural event on the Lake is being planned, and we will let you know when this will take place.