SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. -- After a busy Fourth of July on Oneida Lake, the Sylvan Beach Fire Department was happy to get a piece of equipment Thursday that could end up saving lives.
New radar, GPS and a thermal imaging camera now atop the rescue boat, but it was the mount crews were waiting on.
E. Centro Welding built a rescue sled for ice rescues, and when the fire department needed a custom mount for the summer equipment, they knew where to call.
The first night rescue drill will happen next week.
“We get a lot of calls at night, boats in distress. they lose power, or whatnot. It's hard to search on the lake at night when you can't see. when the boats don't have power, you use the flair system. You can see halfway across the lake. pinpointing the boats makes it a lot easier. And nine times out of ten when we get a call like that, there's a storm coming in. it cuts out response time in half,” said Fred Johnston, the second assistant chief
The fire department also added "side scan sonar" to the boat to help with rescues.