Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Sparkysquid » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:16 pm

Over in Waterloo NE, their FD has an airboat that is used for flooding and river rescue. I'm sure if you contact them, they could give you some ideas of what you might want in a boat for this use. I know it gets mutual aided to the volunteer departments in the area. It has been used in Omaha also. There might be a grant for equipment like this.

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:23 pm

Sweet Thank you I will look into it

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Sniper » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:06 am

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Fire805 I will be more than happy to help you and advise you I have been unavailable the last few day so I was not aware of this post I can tell you from a lot of years of doing SAR in a Airboat that power is everything especially in swift water so you absolutely do not want a direct drive boat it will get you in a lot of trouble, they just don't have enough power for doing SAR work, Rick sent me you phone number so I will give you a call today, the picture I think will give you a good Idea why you need lots of power download/file.php?mode=view&id=18398
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Gary S » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:19 am

That kind of water will put a pucker in your seat.

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Postby Sniper » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:20 am

This is the SAR boat I am currently runninghttp://southernairboat.com/phpBB ... w&id=18399
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:46 am

Hey great to hear from you (nice boat) yes i would like to talk to you ,i think if we should talk then you can understand what im dealing with as far as our river if you have my number please do call if not i can get it to you. Bob

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Deano » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:05 am

I do have to say (even if only as a passive observer) that those pictures do not come close to doing that rig justice ! !

Unfortunately for all of us, what you see there is not the 15k version eluded to earlier. :(
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:15 am

Right on 15k....

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby BenBad » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:43 am

Hello Fire805,
Sniper is the person to lessen to when it comes to SAR information. I would also recommend that whoever is going to be the operator on the boat to get training from Sniper or someone he recommends.

You definitely want a reduction drive unit. I started out with a direct drive and was always getting stuck all the time and that was in shallow water. It is not fun getting a boat unstuck even if you have help.

As far as a boat builder in this area I would suggest you talk with Nir at Nirbuilt airboats. Here is his web page and information. He can build anything from wild to mild and could have something you could trade your boat for one that was ready to go.

http://www.nirbuiltairboats.com/index.html

I am in Omaha and it is only about 20 to 30 minutes to his shop from here. Here is a boat that he built for me. It is not a fancy one.
http://www.southernairboat.com/photopost/showfull.php?photo=88407

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:54 am

That's about I want to do

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:34 pm

I just want to say .. THANK YOU.. with the help of all of you that have responded to this plea.on the airboat situation we had on NOT doing a rebuild on the boat we have...Now a BIG thank you to Sniper and Diamondback airboats.We have come to purchase a boat for our Fire department from Diamondback ..as soon as it gets all completed I will share pictures ...again Thank You for all your help.
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Postby ffjpowell » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:11 pm

Congrats sir. Good luck n be safe. Looking forward to pics.

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Deano » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:50 pm

This is outstanding news. :salute: Congratulations ! ! :cheers:

Everyone involved with that decision, should justifiably be proud of themselves for seeking out,
correctly weighing, and then using the information offered. Sometimes things don't progress as logically.

I hope you were awarded the credit you're due for your efforts in avoiding a radically different outcome. :thumbleft:
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby firewalkerb3 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:50 pm

Just seen this post, and would like to add a little advise. Our department has different water ways requiring different types of SARs water crafts. Your not going to get a safe effective Airboat without spending some money, so you department and community has to as what price do they put on life safety. For the areas we run that require this kind of equipment we have a Airboat and a rescue 1 Hoover Craft. If I had to pick only one it would be the Rescue 1. We run a 383 stoker with a 2 to 1 gear box, and it has not failed yet. Lucky for our department several of us have owned and operated Airboat most of our life's. This bring into question...who will be operating your Airboat, and what training do they have. Outside of that I will offer this advice also. Search around and see if you can find a large manufacture who may be willing to loan you a Airboat providing you allow them to use your department to promote their boat. This is what we do on the Jet Skis, they replace them every year with new one. A crew comes out and takes pictures of us training and uses them on their brochures. Don't give up, keep knocking on doors.

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Sniper » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:11 pm

I have gotten this all handled for them Diamondback as usual stepped up to the plate and took care of them and after they get the boat they are putting together for them Im going out there to train them so they won't get into trouble hopefully
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:32 pm

AWESOME !

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:27 pm

Well im back and Thanks to Sniper and Diamondback airboats we now have a boat ..now if i can just figure out how to post a picture or two i would

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Aeon » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:32 pm

click on the button at the bottom of the white square "full editor&preview" then just drag and drop them into the white square you would type into. the square will get a hashed outline when you do it
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:59 pm

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Capt steve » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:15 pm

Very nice looking sled. Best of luck with her. Thank you to diamond back and sniper for helping out our first responders.
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby airduds » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:03 am

Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:53 am

Ya I've seen that,, been doing a lot of reading ..our main purpose for the boat is to get medics to the victims..I do appreciate all inputs on this topic ..and i truly believe you always learn something new on any /all type of rescue work...again Thank you for everyones input....
Have a Happy and Safe Hoilday...

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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Junker » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:10 pm

Glad to see you listened to reason ............... I'm sure you feel much better about it now
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Sniper » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:25 am

Bob I am so glad I was able to help you along with Diamondback get you that boat it is waaaaay better than what you had and I will see you this spring to get you guys trained, I am looking forward to it
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Re: Do I go back to DD or get a Reduction ??

Postby Fire805 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:47 pm

Ok update boat was deleivered yesterday ..now waiting for weather to break so we can get it ready for training ...will follow up with pictures later ...again thank you for this post and comments..

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