New fire- and rescue boat delivered to Lucerne, Switzerland

6 July, 2021

Kewatec has participated in the hand-over of a new Serecraft W14 FiFi fire- and rescue boat in Lucerne. The boat was named “Thor” in a festive ceremony held in the presence of numerous honorary guests. The boat is maintained by Shiptec AG from Lucerne, with whom Kewatec cooperates closely.

The new fire and rescue boat will replace an earlier 28-year-old boat called Donner, which had large traces of wear and use and outdated equipment. Paul Winiker, a member of the Board of Directors, and a fire brigade pastor symbolically baptized the new boat with water. Martin Merki, Director of Social Affairs and Safety says: “With this procurement, our fire brigade will once again have a modern and needs-based emergency boat at its disposal.”

“The fire- and rescue boat is not only used for rescue and firefighting work in the event of fires on ships or boats,” says Fire Brigade Commander Theo Honermann. “It is also used to put out fires in buildings near the area’s beach.” In addition, fire and rescue boat is used to control water pollution, such as spilled oil.

Markus Magnusson, Project Manager at Kewatec says:  “We are proud to have delivered this boat to the fire brigade in the city of Luzern. We have long experience in building fire- and rescue boats and are convinced that it meets all the necessary requirements.”

Training begins

After delivery, training for boat drivers begins. The old fireboat “Donner” will remain operational until all boat drivers have completed their training by October 2021 and thus the new fire- and rescue boat’s operational readiness is achieved.