Saskatoon Fire Department using new Creature Craft rescue boat

It might look like a floating bouncy castle, but the Saskatoon Fire Department's new rescue boat is definitely not a pleasure craft.

Inflatable boat originally designed for navigating rapids

Saskatoon resident Aditi Garg captured this video of the fire department's new inflatable boat going over the weir. 0:12

It might look like a floating bouncy castle, but the Saskatoon Fire Department's new rescue boat is definitely not a pleasure craft. 

The Saskatoon Fire Department's new rescue boat goes over the weir. (Aditi Garg (adtgrg)/Instagram)
The inflatable boat — powered by a 25-horsepower motor — will reduce response times, cut the number of firefighters needed during rescue operations, and improve safety, said acting assistant fire chief Brian Conway.

The watercraft, which arrived in the city on Aug. 2, is made by Colorado-based company Creature Craft and is designed to tackle the rapids of a raging river. It's equipped with a roll bar cage which helps right the boat if it flips over.

Useful for weir rescues

Although there aren't any rapids within the city limits, Conway said the newest addition to the department's river rescue unit will be needed during rescues around the weir. 

"It can be a dangerous situation if a boat goes over," he said. "[The new boat] is great for the type of rescue we need on a low flow dam."

Members of the rescue team are currently on the water familiarizing themselves with the boat, and a Creature Craft employee is in the city working with the team.