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Moncton Fire Department buys hovercraft

News 91.9, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
2 October 2012

Image Neoteric hovercraft on land
Hovercraft on land, 02 Oct. 2012

Photo Neoteric hovercraft on water
Hovercraft on water, 02 Oct. 2012 (Alan Dearing photos, News 91.9)
The Moncton Fire Department showed off its newest rescue vehicle today - a hovercraft.

A simulated rescue was conducted on the McLaughlin Road reservoir.

Fire chief Eric Arsenault says the hovercraft is not a car or a boat, but a unique vehicle which can easily transition from land to water, by flying on a cushion of air just above land, mud, water or ice.

Arsenault says it will be a useful tool, given our terrain.

An instructor is training a number of firefighters to pilot the hovercraft.

It comes at a cost of $80,000, but city councilor Pierre Boudreau says he believes it's an essential addition to the fire rescue unit.


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