Marblehead, MA October 3, 2006 – RIBCRAFT, a leading manufacturer of rescue craft for first responders, announced the delivery of a mission specific 19’ RIBCRAFT 5.85 search and rescue boat to the Ipswich Fire Department.
With a jurisdiction that covers a diverse range of waterways including rivers, marsh lands, and open ocean with popular islands and beaches for tourists, the Department required a versatile craft that could not only safely handle the unique conditions they encounter year round, but could quickly and easily be deployed. The new RIBCRAFT 5.85 allows them to efficiently respond to each water based call that they were previously unable to effectively handle.
Within the first week of taking delivery of the new RIB, the town wasted no time in responding to its first call. During one of the training sessions with their new rescue craft, the exercise became reality when they responded to a call of a high school student stranded on a sandbar in waste deep water while on a school outing to Plum Island. With the early signs of hypothermia setting in when they arrived, the firefighters quickly pulled the victim from the 60 degree water. “I’m glad we had it”, responded Lt. Jeff French when asked about the RIBCRAFT 5.85, “it was good to put the boat to the test”.
Focusing on the functional, RIBCRAFT worked closely with the department to understand their specific needs and local operating conditions to insure the town’s RIB was optimally configured. The 5.85 delivered to the Ipswich Fire Department features a versatile configuration with center console, leaning post, ample open deck space, a customized T-top designed specifically for the department’s fire house, and a new 115HP Evinrude E-Tec engine.
Extremely durable, stable, and reliable, RIBCRAFT RIBs, with their heavy-duty inflatable tube are an excellent platform for law enforcement and rescue agencies.
About RIBCRAFT RIBCRAFT has established its position as a designer and builder of technologically advanced RIBS that fulfill the most demanding professional and recreational applications. RIBCRAFT is a leading supplier of professional grade RIBs throughout the world. With models starting at 15’, RIBCRAFT offers RIBs capable of fulfilling any mission. www.ribcraftusa.com.