TOWN OF PESHTIGO—The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department has placed a new rescue craft into service that is available to respond to water rescues and other water-related emergencies.
The new 15-foot Mercury Ocean Runner rigid inflatable rescue boat has been outfitted with a 40 HP Mercury outboard motor and equipped with state-of-the art navigation, lighting and rescue equipment.
The boat will be operated by the town’s volunteer firefighters and dispatched through the Marinette County 911 system to respond to any water-related emergency in Town of Peshtigo waters including the Peshtigo River, near shore waters of Green Bay or elsewhere to assist other agencies through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). Those who operate the craft have recently completed initial operational training and boater safety certification courses.
The boat, motor and all equipment were entirely funded and paid for through donations, grants and fundraising events. No taxpayer dollars were spent on this project. Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief Michael Folgert said, “The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department would like to acknowledge the many organizations, businesses, and community members who have generously provided the funds to make this life-saving project become a reality. The department extends our sincere appreciation and thanks to all residents and other members of our local and extended communities who purchased raffle tickets or contributed in any way.”
Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, along with Mercury Marine President Chris Drees donated both the boat and motor. Darren Jacobson of the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department spearheaded the project and devoted much of his personal time to outfit and place the boat into service. Businesses that helped sponsor fundraising events for the project include: Springer Creek Lodge, Peshtigo; Wind Rose North, Menominee; Cozzy’s Polaris, Marinette; Forgotten Fire Winery, Marinette. M&M Area Community Foundation and Zion Lutheran Church, Marinette, provided grants for the project. Mrs. Bea Jacobson, Marinette, also made a donation for the project.