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Default What is the PWC "Public Safety Program"?

What is the PWC "Public Safety Program"?
Many public safety organizations have found that Personal Watercraft (PWC) are excellent tools for use in marine patrol and search and rescue. Nationwide, approximately 2,000 PWC are in use by public agencies through the PWC industry sponsored "Public Safety Program" program.

To see how public agencies in the U.S. and Canada are successfully using PWC through the "Public Safety Program", go to the Case Studies Digest or select this choice from the menu above.

Law enforcement teams who use PWC praise them because of their maneuverability, speed, and because they enable officers to make one-on-one contact with boaters and swimmers. Search and rescue teams favor PWC because they dramatically quicken response time to emergencies. In many rescue situations, PWC are more efficient, safer, and easier to use than larger, prop- driven boats. A survey of marine enforcement and rescue agencies involved in Kawasaki Motors' loan program revealed that 242 lives were saved through the use of loaned PWC during two boating seasons. The survey, which drew responses from 162 of approximately 375 participating agencies, showed that these agencies used Kawasaki JET SKIS to conduct more than 667 rescues and saved more than $1.3 million in property damage.

Watercraft loaned to sheriff’s department
Ski to Sea race paddlers will have a new security blanket this year: two personal watercraft picked up by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office last week. The watercraft — which will be used by the department’s Marine Patrol for enforcement, assistance, rescue and education year-round — are on loan for a year through a program by Kawasaki Motors Corp. The program allows Kawasaki dealers to loan watercraft to agencies like the Sheriff’s Office free of charge. “(Personal watercraft) can be a great tool for fast, shallow-water operations,” said Stuart Smith, marine services coordinator for the office. “They’re easy to launch and highly maneuverable.” Smith said the department will use the two watercraft on Bellingham Bay during the 2008 Ski to Sea race to assist kayakers. “When (the paddlers) turn, depending on the weather, they can get into a cross chop and become very unstable,” Smith said. “When you have 400 canoes or kayaks, you get clusters and (personal watercraft) become a very valuable tool.” An additional personal watercraft from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stationed on the Nooksack River along with a boat to assist paddlers in the canoe leg of the race, Smith said. Deputies will wear dry suits while patrolling on the craft, Smith said, adding that they may be used at various times of the year on Lake Whatcom, Lake Padden or Wiser Lake. Under the agreement with Kawasaki, the department can request to renew the loan every six months without charge. Reach Cat Sieh at cat.sieh@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2236.

Sheriff's Department Equipped With Jet Skis
April 12, 2006 - Tri-County (Washington) Tribune

The Spokane County Sheriff's Department has received a pair of Kawasaki Jet Ski watercraft to help with lifesaving efforts this summer. The Jet Ski STX-15F watercraft, provided by by Roundy's Kawasaki of Spokane, will help deputies reach distressed boaters, swimmers and other water emergencies along with assisting with regular law enforcement duties. "These Jet Ski watercraft are ideally suited to rescue missions," explained Roger Hagie, Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA's Director of Public Affairs. "They're quick and maneuverable and they have no exposed propellers or other moving parts on the outside of the hull that could harm a swimmer."

Public agencies apply for loaned use of PWC for department use under an agreement with the dealer and manufacturer. Typically, the public agency pays only for fuel and light maintenance while using the loaned PWC.

Public safety agencies that are interested in obtaining PWC for official department/agency use should contact their local dealers to inquire about the specific terms of the loan program. Dealers who participate in the loan program will provide the necessary application materials.
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