Officers and Members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department proudly
accepted delivery of a new inflatable rescue boat. The new craft was
manufactured in Friendsville, Maryland by Demaree Inflatable Boats (D.I.B.) and
was delivered to Station 4 on Tuesday December 27.
new boat is a 17 Ft. Flat Bottomed Chesapeake Model and is powered by a Mercury
Opti-Max 80 Horse Power Jet Outboard. The flat bottom and jet outboard will
allow the craft to operate in very shallow waters such as those found in the
far north end of the Triadelphia Reservoir, as well as in swift or moving
currents such as those found in the Potomac River.
to many in the area, Sandy Spring VFD provides emergency response to many
bodies of water. These include the Patuxent River, Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge
Reservoirs, Lake Hallowell, Lake Needwood, and Lake Bernard Frank. In addition,
members of the department’s Special Operations Division make up a component of
the Montgomery County River Rescue and Tactical Services (RRATS) Team. These
members are highly trained and certified in Swift Water, Ice, and High Angle
Chesapeake replaces a 15 Ft. 1995 Avon Inflatable V Bottomed boat that has
served the department well for 17 years. Many thanks to Dave Demaree, Greig
Johnson and the rest at DIB who assisted in the project, as well as to Chief
Jim Seavey of the Cabin John Park Vol. Fire Dept. and MCFRS Master Firefighter
Larry Simmons for your advice and guidance!
Photos courtesy of Tommy Brown.