"We had an air boat in our arsenal before, but it just wasn’t very reliable, and there was just not a lot it was able to do," Clark said. "Having this new state-of-the art air boat in the Tulsa area is just going to be hugely beneficial for the Sheriff’s Office for us to do a multitude of things."
Sgt. Shannon Clark, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
November 2, 2010, The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office received a new, state of the art rescue air boat with the aid of a multijurisdictional Federal grant. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office utilized its portion of the Federal grant to acquire the new air boat to be used in multi-water operations. The boat was custom built, for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, by GTO Performance Air Boats of Ocala Florida. The boat was built specifically for the environment of the surrounding areas. The boat is 18 feet in length with a 96 inch beam, powered by a 567 HP performance motor with a three blade carbine fiber whisper prop (fan).
The boat was designed out of aircraft grade aluminum with a poly carbonate bottom capable of withstanding a direct impact to the haul. The boat is capable of speeds up to 65MPH and will seat five comfortably. The air boat will be utilized by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team in an array of operations to include swift water rescue, dive team investigations and law enforcement efforts. The air boat, being able to operate in low water levels, marshy areas, open water and across sand bars, makes it an invaluable and versatile tool for the Tulsa County area.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team will be conducting training operations on the Arkansas River near the Tulsa River Park Amphitheater boat ramp (approximately 17th St. and Jackson, Tulsa Oklahoma) on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. (1400 hours).
Demonstration rides will be available for any media personnel wishing to experience the versatility of this state of the art air boat.