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AJM3 I read the link you provided and if you check out the lists of equipment at each firehouse the most watercraft they have are two Jet ski's and inflatable boats or rafts. Sounds like they know what equipment is truly needed.
The Marco Fireboat is a joke from the very beginning. The people in charge get sold a bill of goods by equipment salespeople. Then this all looks great then they purchase and burden the taxpayer.
A few years back in my hometown the building boom was on. We went from two firestations to four. Three new stations and equipment and staff full time. New EMS advanced life support units, new fire trucks including a aerial ladder truck costing 300,000. Two new advanced rescue trucks. New command vehicles. A Mobile Command Center. State of the art suits,air support,infared heat detection devices,you name they bought it. State of the art communication system. Now this City has a 30 million dollar deficet. It is easy to spend money, it is harder to pay it back.
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