By Tim Kowols
The Ephraim Fire Department will hit the water next year with a new rescue boat. The village’s community protection committee approved the purchase of a 2006 29-foot Metal Shark Defiance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources earlier this month after using a 30-year-old rescue boat for several years. Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says the new vessel will help the department in several ways.
The boat was purchased with funds from the village’s Capital Improvement Fund and donations to the Ephraim Fire and Rescue Association. MacDonald expects it will be able to help stressed boaters in their surrounding waters for the next 25 years.