South Bossier Fire District 2 has added a new boat to its fleet of rescue vessels.
A Gator Tail boat valued at $18,000 was acquired through a joint financial effort by South Bossier Fire District 2 and Bayou Outdoor Supercenter. The boat is equipped with a mud motor, which is capable of maneuvering over shallow water and extreme mud conditions, allowing emergency crews better access in hard to reach areas.
The boat was utilized during the March 2016 flood event to reach areas in south Bossier where regular boats could not go. Emergency crews were not only able to rescue people, but also delivered supplies to areas in need.
Larry Brazzel, owner of Bayou Outdoor Supercenter in Bossier City, said, “During the flood, we realized that there were a lot of people in need. We were trying to help in any way we could to help people get through this disaster.”
Dist. 2 Fire Chief Kenny Tyson hopes the area never sees another devastating flood, but is confident knowing they have a vessel ready for use if it does happen again.
“Since the [Red River] has changed so much, some of the places we were able to get into are now silted over,” Tyson explained. “Our other boat has sanded out many times and we just couldn’t get into places. This is the type of boat we need to get into those areas for rescues and recoveries.”
Tyson thanked Brazzel for his support and for helping the community in its time of need.