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Thanks to the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) took delivery of a new rescue boat December 2020. Over the past several months NLTFPD first responders have been conducting rescue boat operations training. The boat was recently launched at Cave Rock, in the beautiful blue waters of Lake Tahoe where it will reside, and be used for emergency rescue operations.

The boat features twin 250 horsepower motors, a 500gpm fire pump and bow monitor, an open center console that allows for unobstructed visibility, and a patient care area on the aft deck that accommodates a patient litter (stretcher). Additionally, the boat is equipped with sonar, radar, and FLIR (forward looking infrared) technologies, providing enhanced operational versatility during search and rescue emergency response incidents.

Manufactured by SAFE Boats International, the 25-foot rescue vessel supports a versatile platform expanding our emergency response capabilities for fire, search and rescue, and patient care services.

The protection of our first responders is paramount. This new rescue boat provides our personnel the ability to respond safely, effectively, and professionally to a variety of emergency incidents not just in our community but the Lake Tahoe basin.

The acquisition of this new rescue boat is made possible through the generous donation from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. “Dave and Cheryl Duffield are passionate about the community and the people of Incline Village, and they are pleased to be able to help the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District with the purchase of this rescue boat,” said Jerleen Bryant, Executive Director of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation. In the near future, there will be a dedication ceremony to honor and thank the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for their generous philanthropic donation to the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, and our community of Incline Village/Crystal Bay, Nevada.

About North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

Our Mission: The Mission of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is to protect Life and property through efficient delivery of quality community services.

Our Core Values: We serve with Professionalism, Respect, Teamwork and Safety. We earn trust through integrity.

Our Vision: Our Vision is to continuously improve our service to exceed the dynamic needs of our unique community.

About The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation

The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The Duffields are also the founders of Maddie’s Fund, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. While the Duffields are long-time benefactors of companion animal causes, the Foundation also allows them to focus their philanthropic efforts in other areas they are passionate about, including supporting military veterans and giving back to their local community.

About SAFE Boats International, LLC

Founded in 1997, SAFE Boats International designs and builds highly reliable and extremely durable vessels that help keep military, law enforcement, and fire professionals safe as they carry out their duties, protect citizens and work to save lives.


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