My department operates in a distrtict that is located along the shores of Lake Erie, in New York State. Curently we operate a small rescue boat that has proven to be not large enough for the increase in calls we have been getting for distressed boaters and swimmers as well as missing swimmers. The shoreline consists mostly of high cliffs, with occassional beach/cove areas along a 42 mile span that is considered within our water response area. We work closely with the Coast Guard, but we are the first line of response as the USCG is about a 30+ minute boat ride away from our district. Our department is committed to providing our members with the safest means possible to effectively condust water rescue operations as well as providin our citizens and visitors assistance when needed. I ask you today to assist me in making any suggestions regarding RHIB and RIB boat maunfactures, sharing your experiences, as well as any possible funding ideas so that we may attain a lager vessel to work from.

Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions on this topic!

Stay safe brothers and sisters!

William BIlls, Capatain

Fire Department of Westfield

Westfield, New York

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