New fireboat is first Moose on Great Lakes

Written by Marine Log Staff
New fire boat

New Rochester, N.Y., fireboat is first from Moose Boats to operate on Great Lakes

Vallejo, Calif., based Moose Boats has delivered a new M2-38 fireboat to the Rochester (N.Y.) Fire Department. Rochester is on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and its new fireboat, Marine 1, is the first Moose in the Great Lakes.

Selected after an extensive review of many competitors’ offerings, it features a roof monitor, a cockpit monitor, a 5-inch diameter hose Storz discharge. With the ability to pump over 1,500 gallons per minute, the boat will offer greatly increased firefighting capabilities for the city and its surrounding communities.

Rochester Fire Department’s new boat has an extended walk-around cabin, configured with three shock-mitigating crew seats, an incident command/navigation station, an 84-inch patient bench with EMS storage below and an integrated deck level head enclosure. Weather-tight deck boxes on the fore deck and aft deck will house firefighting foam and the additional valves, nozzles, tools and hardware necessary to respond to a wide range of fire and rescue scenarios.

The navigation and electronics suite are comprised of three multifunction navigation screens, radar, 3D side scan sonar, AIS, VHF radios, a radio direction finder and a thermal imaging camera. A heavy-duty push knee enables the M2-38 to come in contact with larger vessels and piers while the combination ladder allows for firefighters to disembark in beach landing scenarios and facilitate dive and rescue operations from the stern.

The City of Rochester used New York State DASNY Grant funding and GSA’s Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing clause to procure the boat from Moose Boats’ GSA pricing schedule.

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