One of the most dangerous places on the Mississippi River is in front of a barge, says City of Cape Girardeau Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Vincel recounting stories of 24-foot boats, logs and all manner of debris sucked suddenly and violently beneath tugboats and barges.
The unpredictable power of the river puts first responders in extreme danger when they are on rescue and recovery missions on the Mighty Mississippi. Vincel credits Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Co. for making situations a little safer for responders by sharing their knowledge and resources.
“They are a wealth of knowledge about the river,” said Vincel. “Missouri Dry Dock provides river access to public safety personnel when they need it. They are also a key source for information regarding river characteristics.”
In providing for the safe use of the river for commerce and leisure, Vincel says it is so important to partner with businesses like Missouri Dry Dock. On behalf of the Fire Department’s Special Response Team and all first responders, representatives on Monday, July 22 presented Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Co.’s Vice President of Operations Robbie Erlbacher with a plaque noting the organization’s valuable contributions to safety and knowledge aiding operations while on the Mississippi River.
PICTURED: Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Co. Vice President of Operations Robbie Erlbacher stands with firefighters Randy Sanders, Ryan Rascher, John Ryan and Dustin Koerber. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department Special Response Team also includes Battalion Chief Brad Dillow and Assistant Chief Mark Hasheider.