The Alberton Fire Department has commenced a fundraising campaign for a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB).
Over the past 5 years, as members of the Alberton Fire Department, we have seen an increase in water related emergency calls within our fire district. As a membership, this has caused us to look at our response capabilities, equipment, and training related to the calls we attend on our waterways. With an increase in recreational and commercial vessels on the water within our area, we have decided as a Department we want to raise our commitment to water related emergency calls within our district as well as all of West Prince.
Our membership is very excited to announce that the Alberton Fire Department will be purchasing a 6.5 meter RHIB which will be used to respond to any 911 calls or Search and Rescue (SAR) taskings by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in our fire district or the West Prince Mutual Aid Group. This includes obtaining the proper equipment needed to safely operate the boat and a commitment to advanced water search and rescue training for our members who will operate the vessel.
With very limited Primary SAR resources available in West Prince, response times could be between one to two hours from the time a 911 call is made until a primary SAR vessel in the area. Our Department would not only respond within our area, but also will respond to all water related calls within our mutual aid group, supporting all of West Prince. Along with our mutual aid group, our SAR boat team would also be readily available to assist organizations such as Island EMS, RCMP and the Coast Guard if called upon. With such a large number of seadoos, speed boats, pontoon boats, anglers, oyster dories, and barges on the water every day for work and pleasure, our membership strongly feels this will be a very good and much needed asset to our Fire Department our Fire District and the West Prince Mutual Aid Group. Our goal is to have the boat at the fire hall and ready to respond to calls by late Spring of 2021.