The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for responding to natural and man-made disasters in the county, in southern Indiana along the Ohio River. One of the biggest challenges is the 47 miles of river that the agency oversees, including responsibility for fires and search and rescue operations on the water.
In 2013, Harrison County purchased its first true rescue/drive and fire boat from Lake Assault Boats, with the help of a federal port security grant.
“It’s an astounding amount of river that we cover,” agency Director Greg Reas says. “We are very happy we got this boat.”
The mid-sized boat is a versatile craft, allowing the community of 40,000 to have one boat to respond effectively to whatever emergency might arise in its wide service territory. In addition to the hydraulic bow door, a unique feature of the boat is its two side dive doors, which provide divers and other emergency personnel with easy access to the water, shorelines or docks.
“A lot of the divers like having access to the water with the ramp and the doors,” Reas said. “The ramp has been extremely handy.”
24′ L x 9.5′ W
2 Dive Doors
Twin Honda 150hp Outboards