Photo: RIBCraft

Photo: RIBCraft

RIBCraft, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCraft 7.8 for patrol and enforcement operations to the City of Decatur, Alabama.

The 25-foot purpose-built mission specific RIB will be used by the Decatur Police Department for tactical operations and on water patrols. Located on the Tennessee River with several chemical companies on the shoreline, the new RIB will enable Decatur Police to fulfill technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation. With a growing number of recreational boating activities and special events on the River, the boat will complete search and rescue and boat assistance duties as well.

Featuring a center console with a front bench seat, leaning post, custom aft seating, and tow post, the 7.8 provides a large open deck to offer the versatility needed to support the Department's operational requirements. Equipped with twin Yamaha 150HP engines, the RIB reaches speeds in excess of 50mph while still providing safety and performance.

Decatur's 7.8 also features CBRN capabilities (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) for an advanced defense strategy. The CBRN detection sensor allows the department to take protective measures in situations where any of these four hazards are present. CBRN defense consists of passive protection, contamination avoidance, and CBRN mitigation. This could prove to be advantageous due to the industrial giants and chemical companies located nearby along the Tennessee River.

Designed to be extremely durable, stable, and reliable, RIBCraft rescue boats, with their heavy-duty inflatable tubes, are an excellent platform for search and rescue, law enforcement, and maritime interdiction.

About RIBCraft

RIBCraft designs and builds safe, durable, performance oriented rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that fulfill the most demanding military, professional and recreational applications. A manufacturer of professional grade RIBs and inflatables for safety professionals, military agencies, yacht clubs, and recreational boaters throughout the world, RIBCraft offers vessels starting at 15 feet, capable of fulfilling most any mission.