New boat honors retired Madison Fire Department lieutenant

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Fire Department has a new lake rescue airboat.

The boat is named “Yapper” and is dedicated in honor of retired Lieutenant Craig Yapp.

Yapp served in MFD for 24 years from 1982 to 2006 and played a critical role in the leadership and development of the department’s lake rescue team that was formed in 1983.

“We’re designing our equipment to use in the worst-case scenario,” said Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis. “It’s that 2-in-the-morning storm when there’s five and six and seven-foot swells. We’ve been able to be supportive enough to our lake rescue team to get what they need to function on those nights when it’s at the worst.”

While the department’s previous airboat was only used in the winter, “Yapper” has year-round capabilities. It can handle water and ice during colder conditions as well as marshy areas and flooded terrain in the summer.

“Yapper” also has technological upgrades and provides space for six passengers as opposed to two.