The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Saltwater Slam Tournament donated more than $22,000 worth of equipment to aid public safety and better equip the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.
“Just knowing that our efforts might go to help save a life, it’s just a lot of fun. We’re all volunteers, but it’s very rewarding,” Curt Wilbourne, with the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament, said.
Curt Wilbourne is the Board Chairman for the Mackerel Tournament. The nonprofit organization was able to donate a new ATV 4-wheeler, a set of 2-way radios, and an auto pulse device to assist the ocean lifeguards during the summer season.
“Everybody at times has different budget restrictions, and it’s great that they can come as a supplement to the Town of Atlantic Beach to help us get the ocean rescue lifeguards aspect of things more in line,” Fire Deputy Chief, Casey Arthur, said.
Arthur said this equipment will be crucial when assisting in future water rescues.
The ATV will allow rescue personnel to navigate the beach where a truck wouldn’t be able to, and the new auto pulse device would save time and manpower when performing a rescue.
“That’s a CPR device that provides compressions to a patient without us being hands-on so it frees us up to do other life-saving measures,” Deputy Chief Arthur said.
Deputy Chief Arthur said this new equipment will be the key to life-saving measures.