New Swift Water Rescue Craft Approved

Rescuing Laurens County’s ability to rescue people threatened in swift water emergencies was the subject of one Laurens County Council vote this week. Council unanimously approved a request by County Fire Service Director Greg Lindley to take $8,000 from the fire reserve fund in order to replace one of the swift water team’s inflatable boats. He reported it was damaged while returning from deployment to Hurricane Florence.

Lindley told council that a request was made to FEMA for replacement, but the federal agency denied the request due to the boat being pass its service life. Lindley said, “The team only has two inflatable motorized boats that were purchased at the same time with grant money, and the other boat could go at any time.” He stressed a need to avoid having major issues with the rescue boats during the upcoming summer months.”