The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District christened a new fireboat Monday at the Edgewood Club House. The fireboat uses state-of-the-art technology to preform a number of water operations including rescues and firefighting. It also pulls water it uses to fight fires straight from the lake and is the only fireboat in the fleet that uses a firehose. 

The fireboat can also be managed with a small crew, which means there is less of a strain on resources when responding to fires.

The craft was purchased with financial support from protection area homeowners, following a comprehensive review process by the TDFPD Board of Trustees.

"It will save lives I'm certain of it. And it will also save property," said Eric Guevin, fire marshall for TDFPD.