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Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 4:23pm.

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Fire Department has a new addition to its firefighting fleet. The Atlantic Six is the fire department's new multi-use fire boat. The boat cost about $1.5 million and took about a year and a half to build. The new vessel will help supply water to put out downtown fires, support dive operations and enhance rescue operations in the area. Firefighters will train for up to six weeks before the boat goes into operation. They say it will be a big plus for safety. Wilmington Assistant Fire Chief Ron Jordan said, The 50-foot fire boat will be docked in downtown Wilmington. The department's current boat will be moved to a location in Wrightsville Beach.

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