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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.

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

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