County launching new patrol boat

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has a new 24-foot Relentless Rescue boat.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office will launch a new water safety patrol boat at 10 a.m. on July 12, 2012, in New Richmond.

“We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a 24-foot Relentless Rescue boat, made to military specifications, that will enhance our ability to respond to water-related emergencies on East Fork Lake and the Ohio River, including flooding,” said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. “We believe this boat will significantly contribute to the safety of citizens in Clermont and nearby counties.”

The aluminum boat, valued at $123,000 was manufactured by Metal Shark Aluminum Boat Company in Jeanerette, Louisiana; Metal Shark is the federal government’s boat contractor for the Coast Guard and the United States military.

“Our office received this equipment through a federal port authority grant and there was no cost to county government,” said Sheriff Rodenberg.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office is a member of a collaboration of law enforcement and fire departments called Task Force One; this is a rescue and dive team that covers Brown, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Clinton, Highland, and Adams Counties.

“Clermont County’s participation in a multi-juris

diction, regional team involves sharing resources and personnel to serve our residents to an extent that would be cost prohibitive if funded individually,” said Sheriff Rodenberg.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office joined Task Force One when Sheriff Rodenberg entered office in 1997.