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Rescue Boat for a Puget Sound Community You might call Edmonds, Wash., 30-ft. Argus Class aluminum public safety, fire and rescue boat a Puget Sound Class. To meet the requirements of the Edmonds Fire Department, Seattle's Northwind Marine, Inc. modified its existing Argus Class boat design to incorporate Edmonds requests. Like many other bays, sounds, or large lakes, Puget Sound is dotted with widely spaced communities with stretches of inaccessible shoreline. The mission requirements for Edmonds' new boat were not only to fight fires, rescue divers and mariners, deliver large volumes of water to isolated shores, but also incorporate the capability to rapidly deploy emergency medical personnel and equipment. Among salient features of the Edmonds' boat is a 36-in. wide bow door. Most of the shoreline in Edmonds' response area is either breakwater or riprap. Edmonds' previous rescue boats were not engineered to take the punishment of beaching on large shoreline boulders. As a result, victims far away from a suitable beaching area were difficult to rescue and valuable time was lost transporting the patient back to the rescue boat. Additional needs included a wide front cabin door to place backboard transported patients on the casualty bench and a dive door with an integrated dive ladder. While a pair of Honda outboards rapidly propel the boat, secondary propulsion and water delivery is provided by Northwind Marine's proprietary diverter system. An inboard gasoline engine powers a pump to supply monitors as well as hydrants that can deliver up to 4000 gpm either ashore or to tankers. With a controllable manifold, water power can be directed to a waterjet to augment propulsion. Northwind Marine knows a lot about designing versatile and dedicated fire- boats for use in fresh or salt water. The Seattle company has built 44 of these craft ranging in size from 19 to 50-ft., Bruce Reagan, president of the 30-year-old company, said Firemen and police officers began training to use the boat when delivered in October reported Edmonds Fire Chief Thomas J. Tomberg. According to Reagan, the chief and other personnel worked with him and Director of Special Projects Don Donart in defining and meeting the needs of the Edmonds Fire and Police Departments. As a result, Reagan said, the boat was "one of the nicest Alumin um & Stainless Specializing In Marine Aluminum Alloys 5083 · 5086 · 5052 · 6061 · 3003 (sheet, plate, extrusions, pipe & specialty marine shapes) · Stainless Boat Shafting 17, 19 & 22 · Stainless Alloys 304, 316, 303, 17-4, 310 & 410 (sheets, plates, shapes, pipe, fittings & fasteners) · Brass · Bronze · Alum.Bronze · Copper · NC Plasma Cutting · Shearing · Saw Cutting Aluminum & Stainless Inc. 401 N. Roman New Orleans, LA 70112 Ph: 800-535-9156 Ph: 504-586-9191 Fax: 504-528-1041 Aluminum & Stainless Inc. 101 Thruway Pk Lafayette, LA 70502 Ph: 800-252-9074 Ph: 337-837-4381 Fax: 337-837-5439 Serving The Marine Industry Since 1969 A Subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum November, 2006 · MarineNews · 31