Firefighters are being trained to respond to future large flooding incidents using a new 585 Ribcraft.
The 585 model is fitted with a Suzuki DF90 outboard engine chosen for its power to weight ratio as well as fuel efficiency. It will be used to train the south west based swift water teams crews to RYA Level 2 Standard.
The craft will be stored at Yacht Haven Quay, Plymouth, a purpose-built, undercover dry stack facility offering secure berths with full weather protection.
Group Manager Nick Jones, Principal of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service's RYA Training Section, said: "We are extremely grateful to Yacht Haven Quay for allowing us to use their excellent storage facilities for this important resource.
"Firefighters regularly deal with flooding incidents but there is the possibility that our specialist crews may be called to assist with a large-scale flooding incident in Devon or elsewhere across the country.
"This vessel will be used to ensure they are sufficiently trained to deal with any flooding-related incident."
The swift water rescue teams operate as part of the national flood response set-up. The new Ribcraft is in addition to the Service's existing 12m Cat which operates out of Plymouth.
Will Rahder, Director of Yacht Haven Quay, Plymstock, said: "Yacht Haven Quay is delighted to support our local fire and rescue service, recognising what an essential job they do both on and off the water."