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0396[1]Bonita Springs Firefighters get a New TwinVee

Read more at:  Bonita Springs firefighters get a new life saving boat.

TwinVee Fire fighting boat; Click for Video

 

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The Bonita Springs Fire Department has upgraded a critical part of it’s life saving equipment.

The boat’s longer, it’s wider, has more storage, safer for us as the rescuers and passengers we have to bring on here,” said Lt. Richard Scott

The 26-foot custom built Twin Vee is equipped to perform fire and medical calls with advanced life support equipment, once it hits the water.

We can keep all the necessary equipment on here that we need, including water rescue equipment, medical equipment, our fire pump, and our foam that goes with it,” said Lt. Scott.

This twin engine, Twin Vee, is replacing the departments 22-foot Boston Whaler.

“One of things this boat is customized with is a rescue door, which gives easy access without hurting someone further.”

It’s thermal imaging will help fire crews spot a boat or someone in the water.

“What you see here is exactly how this would look at night which enables us to help find people, like victims in the water, or helping with navigation.”

Lt. Scott said this boat is essential to station number two.

A lot of the calls we have are in the Gulf, circumstances that aren’t always like today, windy conditions, very rough and that’s typically when people get in trouble.”

Hydrofoil? What is that?

 A hydrofoil is a wing that ‘flies’ in water. Hydrofoil is also used to refer to the boat to which the water wings are attached. A hydrofoil boat has two modes of operation: (1) as a normal boat with a hull that displaces water and (2) with the hull completely out of the water and only the foils submerged.

Preston Yarborough, plant manager at Twin Vee Catamarans, cleans a hydrofoil unit under the hull of a Twin Vee 35 model boat before it's installation at the Twin Vee manufacturing

Hydrofoils let a boat go faster by getting the hull out of the water. When a normal boat moves forward, most of the energy expended goes into moving the water in front of the boat out of the way (by pushing the hull through it). Hydrofoils lift the hull out of the water so that you only have to overcome the drag on the foils instead of all of the drag on the hull. 

For more information: Hydrofoil explanation from M.I.T.

 

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