Beaver Dam PFC Approves Rescue Boat Purchase

8/2/17 – The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last night approved the purchase of a new water rescue boat. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the commercial workboat was acquired by the low bidder, Kann Manufacturing for $61,716, just over $1100 lower than the only other bidder. It is a 24-foot aluminum boat with a Mercury outboard motor that Mannel says can be lifted up to get into shallow parts of the lake and with enough horsepower to handle the choppiness of the waves. The new water craft will replace a 43-year-old “deep-v” vessel. The money was budgeted for in this year’s Capital Improvements Program. The purchase had been held up for years as the city negotiated with the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association. Five townships that contract rescue services with the city: Calamus, Lowell, Westford, Trenton and Beaver Dam. Township officials contended until the contract was signed in April that state statute places the responsibility of water rescue at the county level but nonetheless agreed to pay 25-percent of the upgrade cost for this and other water rescue equipment. That translated to $55-thousand dollars, split five-ways and payable over five years beginning in 2018.