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The City of Lynn is celebrating an addition to their Fire Department: a nearly 20-year-old boat newly christened the “Rocky B” in honor of Rocco M. Brienzo, a beloved longtime member of the Lynn Fire Department, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year. The Rocky B’s voyage to the City of Lynn was facilitated by the State Surplus Property Office (SSPO) when the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department determined the boat no longer suited its needs and includerocky b #2d it on the State Surplus Property Listing.

“This was a real win-win,” said Ted Bunnell, OSD Surplus Property Coordinator. “We were able to generate a little revenue for the State and the City of Lynn received the boat at a significant discount, saving the approximately $50,000 it would cost to purchase a new boat.”

The transfer of the Rocky B to Lynn launched the boat’s third sea tour in state service. Originally purchased by the Massachusetts Environmental Police in 2000, the boat patrolled State waters for environmental policing purposes prior to being transferred to the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department in 2016. For the next two years, the Rocky B, as it would come to be known, patrolled the waters around Martha’s Vineyard until it was placed back into the hands of the Surplus Property Office.

“If the State Surplus Property Program didn’t exist, this boat probably would have been sent to the salvage yard in 2016. Instead, the boat gets to take on a new life multiple times over,” said Ted. After some minor restoration work, the Rocky B officially went into service in Lynn in June 2019.

The Rocky B will be put to good use at the Lynn Fire Department, where they plan to use it for emergency search and rescue missions, training, and other fire services on the water.
Any property that exceeds the needs of a Commonwealth Department has the opportunity to live multiple lives in this way through the SSPO. To learn how your organization may benefit from the State Surplus Property Program, please contact Ted Bunnell at (617)-720-3170 or and visit the Current Surplus Property Listing. Rocky B

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