ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - Prompt rescues are on order for Lake Sam Rayburn following a very generous donation to the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department. A 21-foot rescue boat now belongs to the fire department. It's a gift from the Texas Parks and Wildlife. The state agency recently purchased a new boat with Homeland Security funding, but the boat being replaced still has a lot of service in her, so they donated it to Etoile.
"It's rigged out with lots of equipment," said Andy Sanders, Etoile Volunteer Fire Department Chief. "We have 5 certified divers here in the department. We have a defibrillator here on the boat. We have air way management equipment here on the boat. Trauma equipment too. We can actually tow." The boat is also equipped for 911 calls.