Second Annapolis Fire Department boat going into service Sunday

Rachael Pacella

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.

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