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Bemidji firefighters test out a Fortuna boat for use in ice rescues. The George W. Neilson Foundation provided the funding for the $4,000 boat and accompanying four life jackets. Submitted Photo

Bemidji Fire Department: Testing the 'tuna' boat

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The Bemidji Fire Department this week tested its newest addition: a Fortuna boat.

The boat, affectionately referred to as a "tuna boat" or "banana boat," will aid firefighters in responding to rescue calls on ice or water, said Fire Chief Dick Sathers.


"We'll use it for ice rescues primarily," Sathers said.

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