SD: GFP Commission Proposes Changes for Equipment Carried on Boats

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission
has proposed two rule changes involving equipment used on

One measure would mandate that fire extinguishers required on
boats be in working order. A current rule requires U.S. Coast
Guard-approved fire extinguishers on boats. Class A and Class 1
motorboats must carry at least one fire extinguisher of B-I type or
larger; Class 2 motorboats at least two B-I type or larger; and
Class 3 boats at least one B-II type and one B-I type, or three B-I

However, the existing rule does not stipulate that those fire
extinguishers be maintained in working order. Fire extinguishers
that are not serviceable or those that have been discharged are a
safety risk to boaters.

The second GFP commission proposal would allow emergency rescue
and law enforcement boats to use red emergency lights or a
combination of red-and-blue emergency lights, as well as the blue
emergency lights currently allowed.

Additional information is available online at


Those wishing to provide written comments on the boating
proposals may do so until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Comments
may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol
Ave., Pierre, S.D., 57501, or emailed to

Each comment must have the sender’s full name and address in
order to be included in the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the 2 p.m. CST
public hearing of the GFP Commission on Thursday, March 1, at the
Fort Pierre Holiday Inn Express.


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