Lake Assault Boats Delivers Fire Boat to MO Department

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (August 15, 2022) – Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a leading manufacturer of purpose-built fire and rescue boats, has commissioned a 31-foot fireboat on Lake of the Ozarks with the Osage Beach Fire Protection District in central Missouri.

“We love the new Lake Assault Boats vessel. The cutting-edge technologies it features make it easier to use and improve our performance on the water,” said Fire Chief Paul Berardi of the Osage Beach Fire Protection District in Missouri. “Having put her into service for the past few months, we wouldn’t buy another fireboat if it weren’t for her state-of-the-art designs.”

“The device is similar to one that is in service south of us in Western Taney County in Branson, Missouri,” Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lucas added. “They graciously allowed us to test drive their Lake Assault fireboat for an entire day. We came away very impressed with how it handles choppy waters and cuts through the biggest waves. We thought, why reinvent the wheel? »

Designed on the shores of Lake Superior, the modified V-hull craft is 31 feet long and 10 feet 6 inches wide. The boat’s draft is less than 18 inches with the engines trimmed and 24 inches when trimmed down. The boat features a port side dive door as well as a fold down stair/ladder at the front for easy boarding and disembarking.

Power is provided by two 300hp Mercury four-stroke outboard engines which are controlled by the Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems. “The craft is easy to maneuver in tight spaces and maintains its position while the fire engine is running,” Deputy Chief Lucas added. “Also, the learning curve for operators is fast, and that’s extremely important.”

The firefighting system includes a 1,500 GPM Darley PSDE fire pump driven by a dedicated 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine. There is an electronically controlled Monsoon 1500 GPM TFT rooftop monitor that provides an unobstructed range of at least 270 degrees and vertical coverage of 60 degrees above and five degrees below the horizontal. A 5 inch enclosed discharge on the foredeck supplies water to the base unit on the ground.

The vessel features a full-width, fully enclosed wheelhouse with 76-inch interior clearance height and a rooftop air conditioning and heating system. There is a bench seat with storage below along the rear wall. The dash console offers ample space for fire engine controls and monitors, and includes two Garmin touchscreens that operate GPS, structure-scanning sonar, chartplotting and infrared prospective (FLIR).

The department’s protected area covers 105 square miles and includes the busiest sections of the Lake of the Ozarks, with 7,500 residents and up to 80,000 visitors from across the region on busy summer weekends.

About Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats are born in a shipyard, engineered for a mission, tested on Lake Superior, and custom-engineered using technology and resources unmatched in the fireboat industry. Lake Assault offers a wide range of custom hull designs and configurations suitable for use on inland lakes and rivers, intercoastal and offshore waters to meet the needs of first responders. For more information, visit

Earnest A. Martinez