Reidland-Farley Fire District receives grant for new boat

By Heartland News & AP
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A federal grant will help a western Kentucky fire department purchase a special boat to help in fire and rescue operations.
Congressman Ed Whitfield announced the Reidland-Farley Fire District received $229,443 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The grant will pay 75 percent of the cost of a 27-foot fiberglass boat that will have firefighting features as well as side-scan sonar, radar and search lights.

The boat's rescue and recovery capabilities are similar to those of an Illinois Conservation Police boat that found the bodies of two missing teenage duck hunters in Kentucky Lake in February.

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