Kinston Fire/Rescue getting new rescue boats

KINSTON, NC (WITN) The Kinston Fire/Rescue Department is about to get some new gear to help with water rescues, all thanks to a generous donation.

Currently, the department only has an old heavy boat. Now, after more than 30-years, the department is getting two new inflatable boats, thanks to a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The new boats will be able to hold more people and have a special cover for the propeller so firefighters won't be hit by the blades while performing rescues.

The Kinston Fire Department says it's now working towards getting a truck that will also help rescue more people during flash floods.