NY fire department shows off new fireboat
Two 300-horsepower engines power the vehicle
By Kenneth C. Crowe
TROY, N.Y. — The Troy Fire Department's new $125,000 fireboat is ready to respond to a blaze on or along the Hudson River with a 1,000-gallon-per-minute firefighting capacity.
The department showed off the 26-foot-long vessel Wednesday. The boat can travel up to 45 mph and shoot a stream of water up to 75 feet.
"It will be a good asset for us as we continue to develop our waterfront," Mayor Harry Tutunjian said before going aboard with Fire Chief Thomas Garrett to see Marine 1 go through its moves.
Assistant Chief Robert Schlesinger was at the wheel, demonstrating the speed generated by the two 300-horsepower engines and the ability of the fireboat to blast a fire down with a watery cannonade.
"We're not going to run out of water. We've got a river full," Schlesinger said.
City officials said they believe it is the only fireboat on the river north of Kingston.
The new fireboat, Schlesinger said, would have been useful in fighting the Aug. 4 fire that consumed a cabin cruiser on the river just north of the Federal Dam and Lock.
The fireboat will be moored at the city docks underneath the Green Island Bridge. Garrett said the department's Boston whaler will be docked north of the dam, allowing coverage of the entire city waterfront.
Eventually, all members of the department will be trained to use the fireboat, Garrett said. Currently, the firefighters stationed closest to the dock are undergoing training.
The fireboat will be operated by three firefighters. It also can be used for search-and-rescue operations. The sides of the boat can be lowered to provide direct access to the water.
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