On April 25, 2024, Annapolis Neck Fire Station 8 put into service a 26-foot Munson center-console aluminum hull fire/dive boat. Boat 8 (BT8) is the first of three new boats slated to go into service this year for the department. BT8 is cutting-edge and will bolster their capability to respond to and mitigate emergencies on the waterways in Anne Arundel County. The new vessel, designed for dive and rescue operations, is equipped with twin 150-hp outboards, side-scan sonar, and dive-accessible accessories. The new boat is capable of carrying seven passengers and has a top speed of 43 mph. Every response will have a minimum of two special operations-trained rescue divers. BT8 will be stationed off Thomas Point Road in Annapolis near the mouth of the South River, allowing access to the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways. Its shallow draft makes it conducive to accessing many of the county’s smaller waterways. BT8 will be joined by two new 50-foot Metal Shark Defiant NXT fireboats later this year.

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