South Lake Tahoe Fire Department purchased its first rescue boat in 1999 following several calls for service on the lake. At that time, City Council had approved monies to purchase a 17-foot rigid hull-inflatable and all related equipment as well as training costs. Since then, Marine 17 has responded to calls on the water as far away as Cave Rock on the East shore and Rubicon Point on the West shore when requested for mutual aid. The boat is on the water for approximately six months out of the year and available on a 24/7 basis for response along the South Shore. In the past few years, some of our equipment has been showing its age. Lake Valley Chief Harris noticed that some of our equipment looked old this summer after we gave him a ride to the fireworks barge over the Fourth of July and suggested that we apply for a Rotary Grant for new equipment. The Rotary Club accepted our grant proposal and provided a generous check to purchase new wetsuits, life jackets, a flotation collar for our stokes basket, radio harnesses, throw bags, marking buoys as well as other related equipment. On behalf of the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, I would like to thank the Rotary Club for its donation. Capt. Jim DrennanSouth Lake Tahoe Fire Department
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