of watercraft made to Central Plattes
Central Platte Fire District has a new lifesaving tool
to use this year--Kawasaki JET SKI® watercraft.
The two Kawasaki 900 STX watercraft, which were
provided by McBrann Kawasaki of Gladstone, will enable
rescuers to reach distressed swimmers and tow disabled
boats to safety. The watercraft will also be especially
helpful with patrolling and law enforcement.
The versatile 900 STX watercraft has an extra-long,
wide, comfortable seat that hold up to three people. The
craft's deep-V hull and high performance triple-cylinder
powerplant will be an invaluable asset to the Central
Platte Fire District during rescue situations.
Following successful use of JET SKI® watercraft by
life-saving and marine enforcement agencies throughout
the United States, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., implemented
an ongoing loan program that allows Kawasaki dealers to
provide watercraft to qualified agencies across the country
for periods of up to one year. McBrann Kawasaki of Gladstone
arranged this loan and will service the vessel for the
duration of the loan period.
"JET SKI" is the registered trademark of Kawasaki's
brand of personal watercraft. Personal watercraft are
vessels that are powered by a water jet pump and carry
between one and three passengers who sit, stand, or kneel
on (rather than inside) the vessel's hull.
These JET SKI® watercraft are ideally suited to rescue
situations," said Roger Hagie, director of public
affairs for Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. "They're
quick and maneuverable, and they have no exposed propellers
or other moving parts on the outside of the hull that
could harm a swimmer. In addition, JET SKI® watercraft
have a very shallow draft, which enables them to operate
in low levels of water that might restrict other boats.
We hope that JET SKI® watercraft make a significant
contribution to water safety in the Platte City area in
the coming months."
This marks the 12th anniversary of Kawasaki's law enforcement
loan program. Since 1989, Kawaski has made a $28.5 million
commitment to the program, by loaning over 4,200 watercraft
to more than 1,100 agencies nationwide. Statistical surveys
completed by past agencies show that each season hundreds
of lives are saved by the use of the loaned watercraft.