RIBCRAFT Expands Lifesaving Resources for Maine Firefighters

A rescue boat and crew
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The volunteer fire department in Greene, Maine, has just taken delivery of a 16-foot RIBCRAFT 4.8 rescue boat. This specialized RIB not only expands the department’s response capabilities but also offers a secure platform for conducting rescue missions. Funded through a grant from Firehouse Subs, RIBCRAFT cooperated closely with the department to construct a boat that meets all of its operational needs.

Situated along numerous rivers and lakes within Androscoggin County, the organization receives numerous emergency calls from leisure boaters. In collaboration with the fire chief of the Greene Volunteer Fire Department, RIBCRAFT has tailored the 4.8 model to meet the mission requirements of the department precisely.

The RIBCRAFT 4.8 is characterized by a centrally positioned console at the front, accompanied by an attached pod seat, an aluminum antenna arch featuring an integrated dive ladder, transom bollards, and a keel guard. Its propulsion is driven by a 50HP Yamaha outboard engine, enabling the boat to reach speeds beyond 25mph. Featuring a resilient dark grey multi-chambered Hypalon tube, this watercraft delivers a robust, stable, and seaworthy foundation, as affirmed by the manufacturer.

The vessel features a bold, deep V fiberglass hull and a prominently elevated bow. It provides generous open deck space suitable for conducting rescue operations, deploying personnel, and transporting equipment.

Originally created as a portable water rescue vessel, the RIBCRAFT 4.8 enables the Fire Department to enhance community service by accessing previously unreachable on-water locations.

Shortly after being delivered, the new boat was promptly employed for a water rescue operation.