Vermont State Police acquire two air boats with federal grant

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The Vermont State Police has acquired two new airboats to assist in search and rescue efforts, patrols and other operations. The vessels, the first of their kind owned by VSP, were paid for entirely through federal grant funding.

Vermont State Police have a new tool to help with search and rescue operations — a pair of airboats, courtesy of a federal grant. 

The boats, the first acquired by the state police, will be stored at the Williston Barracks, but available for emergencies across the state, from shallow areas of the Connecticut River to ice-covered portions of Lake Champlain.

“These pieces of equipment will allow a more efficient response to ice-related emergencies and other calls for service, along with increasing safety for our first responders and the people who need their help,” said Vermont State Police Special Operations Commander Capt. Michael Manley,

The $150,000 from the federal Recreational Boating Safety Grant program includes trailers for the two airboats, as well as a day of training in Texas.

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