RALEIGH — Swift water rescue teams in two Triad cities got new equipment this week to replace aging equipment as part of $2 million set aside in last year's state budget.
The Greensboro and Winston-Salem fire departments and the Davie County Rescue Squad were among 26 groups statewide to receive the equipment, the N.C. Department of Public Safety said Wednesday in a news release.
Neighboring Rockingham County also received new equipment.
Overall, about $1.4 million was spent on new water rescue equipment, including 46 inflatable swift water rescue boats, 62 motors and accessories to support the teams, including fuel tanks, life jackets, dry suits, paddles and other gear to maintain the boats and motors, N.C. Department of Public Safety said.
The Greensboro Fire Department received equipment worth $83,763, including two boats, five motors, two fuel bladders and two repair kits.
The Winston-Salem Fire Department received equipment worth $62,333, including two boats, three motors and two fuel bladders.
The Davie County Rescue Squad received equipment worth $29,877, including one boat, one motor, one fuel cell and six sets of personal protective equipment.
Rockingham received one boat, one motor and six dry suits and life vests.