100 Club Donates 14 Rescue Boats to Houston And Harris County First Responders

The city has sought to acquire 20 additional rescue boats since being caught short during Harvey.

Rescue boat presser
Mayor Sylvester Turner, accompanied by members of Houston City Council and officials of the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office, announces the 100 Club’s gift of 14 rescue boats.

Houston-area first responders are getting a boost from the non-profit sector as the region heads into the hurricane season. The 100 Club presented Houston and Harris County officials with 14 rescue boats, collectively worth $278,000.

The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office are getting five rescue boats each. The remaining four go to the Houston Fire Department.

Fire Chief Samuel Peña says the gift takes a great deal of pressure off first responders, who were caught short of rescue boats during Harvey. "The city has committed to, our ask is for 20 boats," Peña says. "So right now, we're shy about five to six boats, and the city has committed to funding the balance of those assets that we need to be able to serve the community's need."

Mayor Sylvester Turner says Houston would not have been able to afford to purchase all 20 boats on its own, given the city's strapped finances.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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