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GIFC marine operations bolstered by acquisition of new boat

Sat, Aug 12th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island Fire Co. chief officers Mark Sadkowski, Chris Soluri, Omar Sortino, and Dan Mathes man the new MU-2 vessel. (Photo by Ray Pauley)
Grand Island Fire Co. chief officers Mark Sadkowski, Chris Soluri, Omar Sortino, and Dan Mathes man the new MU-2 vessel. (Photo by Ray Pauley)
By Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer
Grand Island Fire Co.
Fire Chief Chris Soluri reports that the Grand Island Fire Co. recently took delivery of a 2017 INMAR 20.2-foot rigid hull inflatable boat, powered by a Honda 135 horsepower outboard motor.
The new inflatable boat will replace an aging 15-year-old Zodiac vessel. It can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and can hold 10 individuals. A floating fire pump can be operated as needed.
This vessel, designated as MU-2, will be docked at the Big Six Marina, while MU-1 is birthed at River Oaks Marina.
Soluri stressed that this marine unit upgrade significantly increases GIFC firefighting and rescue capabilities on both branches of the Niagara River.

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