Clackamas Fire's new boat has already been put into action on Nov. 5.
Just after midnight Clackamas Fire crews and AMR were dispatched to a vehicle crash over an embankment on Clackamas River Drive, trapping its hurt driver. In unincorporated Clackamas County near Oregon City, the vehicle went off the road, down an embankment and was resting with its rear bumper on a log in the Clackamas River.
Initially, the plan was to use an aerial highpoint and bring the patient back up the embankment to the road, however, the Swift Water Rescue Team got there so quickly, the most efficient course of action was to transfer the patient using the new boat, which took the patient to a waiting ambulance at Riverside Park.
State officials paid for Clackamas Fire's new boat to allow the fire district to rescue folks in all sorts of conditions. The 21-foot SJX boat is designed to operate in water levels as shallow as 2 inches.
The rescue boat will be sent across the state to support communities during flooding. The boat was purchased using a SPIRE grant secured from the state in 2018, and is maintained, staffed and used by Clackamas Fire.
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