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New vessel aims to decrease emergency response time at Rend Lake 

by Aaron Price (Photo: Franklin County Emergency Management Agency)
by Aaron Price (Photo: Franklin County Emergency Management Agency)

6/23/2022 | 7:40 p.m.

REND LAKE - A new emergency response vessel will soon be serving the citizens and visitors of Franklin County on Rend Lake.

According to the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency (FCEMA), a new 20 ft emergency response vessel was recently acquired by FCEMA through a federal surplus property program.

The new addition will be docked at Rend Lake Marina, and will decrease response times when emergency crews are needed on the water, rather than having to wait to launch a boat.

Marine 1 will be primarily utilized by the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Special Operations Teams as well as other partner agencies when the need arises.

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