WATCH: Port Canaveral’s Newest Hi-Tech Firefighting Vessel ‘Fireboat 2’ Has Arrived
By Space Coast Daily // July 1, 2021
The total cost of the ship was $4.7 million
ABOVE VIDEO: Port Canaveral’s newest hi-tech firefighting vessel Fireboat 2 which was commissioned and christened with a bottle of environmentally-friendly champagne has officially arrived.
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral’s newest hi-tech firefighting vessel Fireboat 2 which was commissioned and christened with a bottle of environmentally-friendly champagne has officially arrived.
The 70-by-22-foot welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel was designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team utilizing a military-proven hull form.
The Marine Firefighting Rescue Vessel will have a total expected flow rate in excess of 8,500 gallons per minute and will be equipped with conventional and dry-chemical firefighting apparatus, along with a 500-gallon foam tank with gravity fast feed capability and a Purple-K dry-chemical firefighting system.
The vessel also will have an emergency medical treatment area on board and a communications system to function as an on-scene command vessel for maritime rescue operations.
The MFRV will be maintained in a 24/7 ready state and operated for Port Canaveral by Canaveral Fire Rescue and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The total cost of the ship was $4.7 million and took three government agencies to pay for it.
“With Port Canaveral’s significant growth in the past few years and next year’s arrival of the first LNG-powered cruise ship to homeport in North America, we made the proactive move to upgrade our firefighting and emergency response resources,” stated Capt. John Murray, Port CEO. “This fireboat will greatly enhance the core capabilities of our first responders to ensure the safety and security of our Port. “
Florida State Fire Marshal Division Director Julius Halas placed a wreath on the new boat, followed by Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield, christening Fireboat 2.
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