The Annapolis Fire Department will put a second rescue boat into service Sunday, according to a press release.
The department already has a 36-foot fire and rescue boat. But this new, 18-foot rigid hull inflatable boat with an outboard motor will be able to handle search and rescue missions in shallow creeks and rivers, Chief David Stokes said in a statement.
The new boat, Rescue Boat 37, can hold eight people. It will be available for emergency calls starting Sunday.
Stokes said in the statement that the purchase was a joint effort between the city and the Independent Volunteer Fire Company #2.
The boat will be deployed from the Taylor Avenue Fire Station, and staffed by the department’s Special Operations personnel, the release said.