September 30, 2010
Jacksonville takes delivery of fireboat
The Jacksonville, Fla., Fire/Rescue Department has taken delivery of a second fireboat, a FireStorm 70, from Metal Craft Marine, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
With a length, OA, of 70 ft 10 in and beam of approx 22 ft, the vessel is propelled by four Caterpillar C-18 diesels (each producing 1,015 hp) and driving Hamilton 403 waterjets to give the aluminum hulled vessel speeds up to 41 knots.
Gearing for pumps and propulsion is by ZF gear.
The fireboat can pump over 14,092 GPM at 150 PSI and 17,892 GPM at 120 PSI with Hale quad 8 FKF pumps. It is equipped with a roof mounted Stang 5500 GPM monitor with 450 foot reach and four Elkhart 2000 GPM deck monitors.
Funded by a 2008 Port Security Grant, the vessel is equipped to detect chemical, biological and radiological threats and has an airtight bridge plus sophisticated communications equipment.