The San Juan County Fire Department provides fire protection and rescue services to a vast region of northwestern New Mexico, including a recreation and vacation area with a marina on Navajo Lake. This is the first fire and rescue vessel that the department has owned, and it provides critical capability to help firefighters do their jobs, Fire Chief Doug Hatfield says.
“We have been talking about this for some time, and now we have our boat, thanks to Lake Assault,” Hatfield says. “We run on calls involving people who are ill, have chest pains, have been injured or maybe jumped off a cliff into water that they thought was deeper than it was and suffered an injury. We also have a number of houseboats at our marina and very little fire protection ability in that area. This will help us if we have a fire in that area instead of having to run a quarter-mile of hose from a hydrant.”
The all-welded, 26-foot aluminum landing craft is 26 feet long and 9.5 feet wide with a T-top pilot house, providing maximum deck space and crew maneuverability. It has a 4.3-liter V6 marinized General Motors engine that drives a Darley fire pump delivering more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute. The powerful pump and engine combination was engineered to meet the demanding pumping requirements of this high-altitude region.
From the start, Hatfield says, Lake Assault helped firefighters understand what they needed in a fireboat.
“We cover a wide area—55,000 square miles—and we do it with 250 to 260 volunteer firefighters,” he says. “This boat gives our firefighters a powerful tool to serve the community where they live. It helps us do our jobs better, and we also think it will help us as a recruiting tool.”
26’L x 9.5′ W
One Dive Door
Twin 200hp Mercury Verado Outboards
Pump: Darley LSDE 1250 GPM
Pump Motor: 4.3 Liter V6
Discharges: TFT Hurricane Manual Monitor
TFT VUM (2) 2 1/2″ NH gated
Speed: 40 MPH
Dive Bottle Storage