August 20, 2014 at 1:00 am

Macomb Marine Division shows off newest boat in its fleet

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, left, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Deputy Commander Ray Negron and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin talk inside the pilot house of a new patrol boat purchased, in part, with a FEMA grant. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)

Harrison Township— The Marine Division of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday displayed one of its three new patrol boats bought with a federal grant.

“I’d like to thank all of those who were an integral part in us receiving this grant and being able to replace an outdated fleet,” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said at the event at the Marine Division building.

The sheriff’s office was awarded $640,790 to buy the boats through the FEMA Port Security Grant Program. The grant was combined with a 25 percent county contribution. The total amount of the purchase of the patrol boats is $854,386.

Made in Oregon, the 27-foot Almar/North River boat comes equipped with twin 250-hp Yamaha motors, radar, camera systems, fire pumps and mobile data terminals. Its top speed is 50 knots.

“This boat is used by the U.S. Navy and also law enforcement agencies throughout America,” Wickersham said.

The Marine Division’s fleet consists of 11 boats, he said. Three older boats will go to auction.

The new patrol boat arrived earlier this month. He said the other two will arrive in the next two weeks.

The Marine Division patrols Lake St. Clair, covering 85 square miles, including 30½ miles of shoreline connecting to 57 miles of rivers and streams, and a one-mile stretch bordering Canada.

Macomb has 26 marinas and 10 access sites available for public access to Lake St. Clair, which is known as the busiest freshwater lake in America, according to the Marine Division.

Wickersham thanked U.S. Reps. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, who were in attendance. He also thanked County Executive Mark Hackel and David Flynn, board of commissioners chair, and board members.

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