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Melrose Fire Rescue Marine 249

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The Melrose FD (Putnam County) has placed into service Marine 249, a military surplus Avon SR4 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). This RHIB formerly served on the US Army Vessel New Orleans (LCU 2031), a Runnymede-class large landing craft. The boat and two outboard motors were obtained through the Florida Forest Service via the Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and Firefighter Programs (FFP). Marine 249 is designed to operate as a water rescue craft on the lakes that are found throughout Putnam and Alachua Counties.

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CHRIS DILLEYSenior Correspondent

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