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SJX boat allows teams to access shallow water, respond to floods across the state

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS FIRE - A new rescue boat will improve Clackamas Fires response time, capabilities. Clackamas Fire recently received a new bright-yellow boat that will allow the department to rescue folks in all sorts of conditions.

The 21-foot SJX boat is designed to operate in the shallowest of conditions, including water levels creeping down toward 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 of Oregon in 2018, and will be maintained, staffed and used by Clackamas Fire.

The new boat will be operated by the Clackamas Fire Swift Water Rescue Team, a highly trained group of firefighters who respond to water-related emergencies using advanced rescue techniques and equipment. That team also is part of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium, which is a group of water-rescue professionals from many fire departments, law-enforcement agencies and districts within the county.

The new boat is already in service, and is being housed at Station No. 19, 19750 S.E. Damascus Lane.

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