Boise Fire and Rescue has already pulled two people out of the swollen and fast running Boise River this spring — with hot weather and the official floating season right around the corner, they're likely to be much more busy soon. But they have a new tool to help them get to emergencies faster: e-motorcycles.
One of the difficulties of rescuing people on the Boise River is just finding them. Often, it's a 911 call from someone who has no idea where they are on the river, so finding the spot and getting there fast is critical — and motorcycles make it easy.
"They are part of the BFD response unit out here," said Paul Roberts, division chief of special operations for Boise Fire. "If you see a motorcycle running up and down, it's probably us and we're doing recon or we're maybe working with a boat on river to affect a rescue."
Motorcycles on the Greenbelt might seem like an invitation to outrage in Boise, but these are no hogs.
"Those are electric so they're pretty quiet and pretty un-intrusive to the public," said Roberts.
Electric doesn't mean slow. These bikes, which have been used for years in the foothills, can really move.
"They carry a compliment of rope rescue and water rescue equipment to effect anything else they come on," said Roberts.
If you see a quiet motorcycle on the greenbelt, know it's either a recon trip or Boise Fire is on its way to save a life.