Fallen Leaf Lake Community Service District provides fire protection and other services to a secluded residential, resort and vacation community around Fallen Leaf Lake near South Lake Tahoe, CA. The district uses its 28-foot fire and rescue boat to pump lake water to stand pipes located around the lake for fire suppression in higher-elevation areas. The District’s volunteer Fire Department also will use the boat for search and rescue missions in the region, which has limited road access, as is typical in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
“Already the boat has exceeded our expectations,” Fire Chief Gary Gerren says. In the first few days following delivery, Gerren said, “We used it on three different calls in recent days. We had a small fire on the beach, we assisted the Sheriff’s Office in finding some people who were reported lost, and we went on a medical call.”
The all-welded aluminum landing craft is 28 feet long and 9.5 feet wide with a walk-around enclosed pilot house, providing maximum deck space for operations. It has a 6-liter marinized V8 General Motors engine that feeds a Darley PSDE fire pump. The powerful pump was specified to meet demanding requirements of this high-altitude region, delivering 1,500 gallons per minute at 150 pounds per square inch, allowing the boat to perform as a “floating fire hydrant.” The boat also has an extensive Lowrance electronics package, including dual-screen radar, GPS, side-scan sonar and FLIR infrared camera, all of which will be used in rescue and recovery missions.
“I’m more than pleased with the results,” Gerren says. “I treated the purchase of this boat just like I would the purchase of any fire apparatus. It’s a big investment for us. I have been overwhelmed with the boat we received and the customer service Lake Assault Boats has provided.”
28’L x 9.5’W
Walk Around Pilot House
(2) Dive Doors
Twin 225hp Mercury Verado Outboards
Pump: Darley PSDE 1500 GPM
Pump Motor: 6.0 Liter V8
Discharges: TFT Typhoon Remote Control
TFT HUM (2) 2 1/2″ gated connection TFT Hemisphere
5″ Storz gated connection
Speed: 45 MPH
Foam Pro System with 20 gallon capacity