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I do believe

I do believe that it is for the existing boat. The goal is to reduce response time. There's much more civilian boat traffic on the east side of our county than there is on the west. As it stands now, if there is traffic on the west side of the county that requires a fire boat, WFD is in good shape. But if there's traffic on the east side of the county, that same WFD boat has to travel all the way down the river and then back up the east side of the county. If Carolina Beach or county fire units in the southern end of the county are not busy, they can offer mutual aid until WFD can get to the east side, but during the high-traffic summer months, those mutual aid units general have quite a bit of their own traffic to deal with. Because there is more traffic on the east side of the county, I think this plan has some merit. I do hope that when the economy becomes less volatile, WFD will look into getting another boat for the west side of the county, but until such time, better use of resources seems sound to me.

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