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San Diego Fire Rescue Adds Helicopter

The City of San Diego (Calif.) has added a S-70 Black Hawk helicopter with the engine power to carry more than four tons of water.

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22-Foot Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat

The lightweight boat features a shallow draught, and is able to operate in as little as 12 to 14 inches of water. It is an ideal fit for departments responding to a wide range of water conditions, including flooding.

Fire Response and EMS Bed Packages

Tropos Motors has released new bed packages for its battery-electric compact utility vehicles.

Fire District Acquires Boat for Lakeside Fires

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District in Lake Tahoe, Nev., has taken delivery of a 32-foot fireboat, allowing it to provide fire protection to homes along the lake that are not yet connected to a municipal water system.

Houston Approves $2M Purchase of Flood Rescue Vehicles

The $2 million will go toward six $75,000 flood-capable rescue vehicles and 10 pickup trucks.

Ala. City Forced to Lease Fire Trucks

The City of Florence, Ala., is leasing two fire trucks for at least two months to alleviate maintenance problems.

Beach Patrol Vehicles

From uneven terrain to rusting from saltwater, vehicles used for beach patrol must endure tough conditions. Read more about how fleet managers choose a vehicle here. Photos courtesy of Volusia County and City of Long Beach.

Calif. Fire Agencies Request $100M in State Funding

The California Fire Chiefs Association is urging Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers to provide an additional $100 million in state funds for apparatus, equipment, and staffing before extreme weather events.

Fla. Sheriff Says 47 New Patrol Cars Are Not Enough

The Santa Rosa County, Fla., has taken delivery of 47 new patrol cars, but its sheriff said these purchases aren’t enough to replace all the aged vehicles in his fleet.

New York State Deploys Its First Police Drones

The State of New York has launched an unmanned aerial system program for its state police. The first four drones will be put into service this month, and by April 2018, an additional 14 aerial drones will be deployed.