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EVOC for the Water: TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona Helps First Responders Stay Safe By Teaching Practical On-Water Boat Handling Skills
October 21, 2020 | Photo courtesy

Every public safety department is familiar with EVOC – the Emergency Vehicles Operators Course that teaches first responders the necessary skills to operate an emergency vehicle safely. But what happens when the vehicle is a boat? Operating a recreational vessel on a swift-moving river or stormy lake requires boat handling skills not taught in a classroom.

In partnership with the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service based in Cartersville, recently hosted a three-day “Essentials of Close Quarters and Open Water Boat Control” on-water instructor certification course for local first responders. The course was one of many offered across the country each year by local partners and NSBC, a national public private coalition that provides safe boating educational resources, outreach programming, and training opportunities.


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