TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Township Fire Department will unveil its new 27-foot rescue boat today.
The boat will allow the department to better conduct rescue missions offshore. The department previously used a 17-foot, donated fishing boat.
“This will be a new vessel for us that will give us a lot more capabilities and safety for our people,” said Fire Chief Richard VanderMey.
The boat will be unveiled today at 10 a.m. at Bowers Harbor Marina.
The boat, which can carry a crew of three and 13 passengers, is equipped with sonar, radar and night vision. The nearest similar vessel is at the Port of Charlevoix.
About 75 percent of the boat’s cost was paid by a federal grant.
The Peninsula Township Fire Department makes an average of six to eight rescues each year, VanderMey said.
“Since it is a new asset, we really don’t know how many other things we’d be involved in,” said VanderMey.