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Grand Island adds fireboat

Photo from Grand Island Fire Department Website

Buffalo's Edward M. Cotter now has a baby brother, with the Grand Island Fire Company adding a fireboat to its land fleet.

Fire Chief Kevin Koch says his department covers all of Grand Island and out into the Niagara River.  He notes  his department gets different emergencies than most department like lock fires, boat fires and boat rescues.

There is no name yet for the new 24-foot fire boat but it's already been used on a rescue. That's smaller than the Cotter, but with many of the same purposes.

The chief said the fireboat  comes from a company in Superior, Wisconsin which has a specialty in smaller fire boats.  Koch said it replaces a smaller boat which isn't ideal for firefighters.

Koch said the boat will be in the water whenever the river is ice-free, working from a dock on the East River.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.