Fire & Rescue

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Grant Approved for 2 - Inflatable Rescue Boats and Outboard engines

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The Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue proudly announces they have been approved by the wonderful people of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for a grant to purchase two inflatable One Boat R ONE i Series 430 fourteen foot rescue boats with two Evinrude 25 horsepower E-tec PUMP JET short shaft, outboard engines.  On August 21, 2017, with a lot of research and inquiries the staff of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue placed a grant request with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation requesting the items and on October 02, 2017 the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation announced to us our award valued up to $23,024.25.  More information and a Dedication of the rescue boats will be coming soon.  Here is the back story on the decision to request for the grant:    

In October of 2016 Eastern North Carolina suffered the consequences of Hurricane Matthew.  As with most large storms that hit here in Kinston, North Carolina, we suffered during the onset of the Hurricane extreme flash flooding in our tributaries that run to the Neuse River Basin.  The tributary Adkin Branch especially affected us.  During this time, rescue crews were dispatched to major flashflood events spanning across our city and stretching our resources to their extreme most limits.  Three Major incidences occurred in the Wood Lawn/Morningside Drive area, Doctors Drive area and Mitchell Wooten/Martin Drive area, where citizens’ homes were bombarded with raging swift runoff water.  While rising quickly to chest and even neck levels, our emergency crews were ill equipped to provide proper rescue of the citizens.  At one point in the Wood Lawn/Morningside Drive incident, Emergency Rescue Crews had to sound an Emergency Traffic Call due to almost being swept away with the increasing currents of the Branch.

 Although Kinston Department of Fire Rescue has a boat, this boat is not designed, nor set up for these types of swift water rescues.  The current Rescue Boat is a 1983 fiberglass Cathedral Hull designed thirteen and a half foot Atlantic Boat, which was custom made right here in Kinston, North Carolina for River Rescue.  The boat has a 25 horse power Johnson outboard motor.  Our boat proved too bulky and heavy to launch directly from the trailer and finally when it got out into the branch, the engine could not power the boat, even at full maximum speed against the swift flowing currents because the boat, along with the rescuees proved too heavy for the motor to properly work.  Rescue Crews, in the deep rising waters had to get out of the boat to try and walk the boat against the strong current, exposing them to risk to fast traveling debris and more importantly, exposing them to the boat’s propeller.

Another problem to these rescue situations is there were two other swift water rescue events occurring at the very same time as this described event, in which we did not have any boats to use and those Rescue Crews had to walk into these similar harsh conditions.  However the heroic efforts of the Rescuers fought through these horrible conditions and rescued over three hundred citizens that evening.  Within the days following the initial onset of the flood, water continued to rise and even surpassed the flood levels of the 1999 Flood of Hurricane Floyd.  While researching ways to procure proper rescue equipment to better prepare our Fire Department, it was determined that our rescue boat just did not fit the needs of our scope of rescues that we perform on a constant basis with the flash flooding that occurs and reoccurs with onset of massive downpours of rain.  The staff of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue began researching the possibilities of getting two PVC Inflatable Rescue Boats with Evanrude Jet Pump encased propellers for safety of the Rescue Teams, snags in shallow waters located in odd places, and maintain strong moving power of the boats.  One Boat Rescue Boats of Athens, Alabama, provided the staff with very informative information on rescue boat systems and put together a good outlook of what would be needed to purchase inflatable rescue boats.  The staff found that this could be very costly to the City, which is still recovering economically from the floods, so we began searching for funding through Grants, thus encountering and placing in a grant request with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $29.5 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1 million in North Carolina. 

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