Mobile Newswatch 12

Home | Weather | News | Sports

Arbor Vitae couple donates airboat to Minocqua Fire Department
MINOCQUA - A generous donation gave one Northwoods fire department a new life-saving tool. The Minocqua Fire Department now has its own airboat.

The department had been considering getting one for a few years. Before they would use a man-powered sled, which had to be walked out to people trapped on ice. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Hazelett said an airboat makes rescue attempts easier.

"It's a quicker response time, less fatigue on us, faster getting the patient getting back to shore, it's heated for one thing so we can get those people into a somewhat warm environment," said Hazelett. 

A couple in Arbor Vitae was selling their airboat, but when they found out a fire department wanted it they gave it to the firefighters for free.

"That was an absolute complete surprise," said Hazelett. "That was a huge generous gift to us but also the community." 

Hazelett said buying an airboat would've cost about $90,000. The department plans to use the airboat for ice rescues, but it can be used year round.

Story By: Dakota Sherek

What We're Working On
Exploring Marathon County's economic slogan
Wausau's 3rd St. umbrellas help fund downtown revitalization efforts
2 dead in semi explosion on I-94 in Wisconsin
UPDATE: Hurley School Board officially makes 'Northstars' new mascot
Land O' Lakes' only grocery store opens nearly 3 years after last market closed
Delivering on 'the number one focus': Oneida County deputies arrest another accused child sex predator; have intervened in a dozen cases this year
DOJ releases new details about Wood Co. shooting that killed suspect, injured deputy

Home | Weather | News | Sports

View Desktop Version

Copyright© 2019 Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc.

Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.
Neither Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. nor By Request Web Designs shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.

Site Design By: