To prepare for real-time water emergency situations, the Pleasant Township Fire Department often takes its inflatable rescue boat out to Osprey Lake to work on maneuvers.
While practicing recently, the driver of the boat accidentally navigated it into an area of rocky terrain within the lake. This caused a hole to form in the bottom of the rescue boat and it also bent the shaft on the motor.
Fire Chief Jay Noojin said they have already fixed the tear (the 12-foot long, 200-pound rescue boat came with a tear repair kit) and they could likely get through the season with the bent motor shaft.
“Hopefully well get that repaired this winter, Noojin told the board of trustees at the June 12 meeting.
He said since they take it out to practice so much, more incidents like rocks ripping into the boat are likely to occur.
Trustee Dale Worthington questioned whether they should even take the inflatable rescue boat out anymore since they still have the aluminum rescue boat.
Noojin said each boat serves a different purpose. He explained that the inflatable is easier to maneuver and quicker in the water while the aluminum boat is best suited for shallow waters.
Noojin said they would look into purchasing a water buoy for the rocky section of Osprey Lake to try to curb down on tearing incidents.
He also said they were looking to sell or donate the aluminum boat the department has had for more than 20 years, but would keep itjust in case.
The department purchased the $3,000 inflatable rescue boat in April 2012. A few weeks after it arrived, they took it out to Osprey Lake where the outboard motor fell off during a drill.
In other news, the township was recently informed by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security that two of its warning sirens would need to be upgraded.
A letter to the trustees said older components to the sirens on Georgesville-Wrightsville Road (south of Alkire Road) and London-Groveport Road have not been manufactured for years and that they could not guarantee the repair parts in case the sirens are damaged.
The township would have to pay $10,400 to upgrade both sirens.