Lake Assault Fireboat Provides Uninterrupted Water Supply To Help Extinguish Large Structure Fire On Long Island
Bayville Fire Department’s fireboat response a “textbook operation.”
Lake Assault Boats, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, reports that its fireboat serving with the Bayville Fire Department in Bayville, New York recently responded to a large structure fire involving a home located in an isolated village on Long Island that does not have fire hydrants. The fireboat, anchored offshore, provided an uninterrupted water supply to two aerial apparatus and pumpers on scene deploying handlines.
“When I raced to the firehouse, I could see fire in the sky off in the distance — that’s how big it was,” said Norm McCloy, marine officer of boat operations for the Bayville Fire Department. “When firefighters arrived at the scene, fire was blowing out of just about every window. We quickly set the supply lines from the fireboat to our apparatus, which were around 800 feet up hill from the bay, and they never lost water for the entire fire. That’s a first for us on a large fire like this. We have portable pumps we also usually set up, but on this big fire we never even put them into operation. Other mutual aid departments were surprised by the amount of water we were able to supply.”
The 32-foot fireboat is a landing craft style hull configuration that features a hydraulically operated bow door. The overall height is 13 feet and six inches and the vessel includes a motorized radar arch to allow for easy passage under low bridges. The boat is powered by twin Mercury Verado 250 hp outboard motors with digital throttle and power steering systems. The craft also features a full spectrum of electronics, including: a Lowrance HDS12 touchscreen with GPS, sonar, chart plotting, structure scan sonar, 4G radar, and a remote controlled Forward Looking Infrared System (FLIR).
“The bottom line is we fed every piece of fire equipment at the fire with our single Lake Assault boat, and I had the ability to pump more volume but it wasn’t needed,” added McCloy. “The blaze had the potential to be a six to seven hour event, but with the volume of water we were able to sustain we were home in three hours.”
Lake Assault Boats are born in a shipyard, designed for a mission, tested on Lake Superior, and custom engineered using technology and resources unmatched in the fireboat industry. Lake Assault offers a wide range of custom hull designs and configurations suitable for use on inland lakes and rivers, and intercoastal and offshore waters. For more information visit www.lakeassault.com.
5 year Contract Awarded to Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc.
The City and County of San Francisco has awarded Ferrara Fire Apparatus, America’s premier custom heavy duty fire apparatus manufacturer, a contract for five years to build Triple Combination Pumpers. The pumpers will be built on the Igniter chassis and will carry 500 gallons of water.
Company President/CEO Chris Ferrara stated, “To be awarded a contract by the City of San Francisco is an honor and reward for this company and we are excited to start building the first round eight trucks for the city.”
Ferrara Fire Apparatus custom manufactures a complete line of heavy duty fire, emergency and rescue vehicles. The custom chassis selection includes the Ultra, Inferno, Igniter and Cinder. Ferrara’s line of apparatus includes the MVP rescue pumper, custom and commercial pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, walk in and walk around rescues, incident command trucks and trailers, wildland interface, and the Inundator high flow industrial pumper.
For further information call 225-567-7100.
KIMTEK® Marks Another Record Sales Year
New products, market expansion boost revenue
KIMTEK® Corporation recently announced record sales for its fiscal year ending July 2016. Makers of FIRELITE® and MEDLITE® Transport Skid Units for UTV side-by-side vehicles and pick-up trucks, KIMTEK reports a healthy revenue increase over last year. The company attributes another period of record growth to the introduction of new products as well as expansion into multiple new markets resulting in increased sales overseas.
KIMTEK CEO and President Kimball Johnson stated, “Our core markets of fire, EMS, and police continue to recognize the solid reputation of KIMTEK products for their unmatched durability, quality, and affordability. We listen closely to our customers and respond with products that meet their needs.” Included among the new products KIMTEK introduced in the past 12 months are the popular FIRELITE FCW-206 Compact Wildfire UTV Skid Unit and several upgrade options to their popular FIRELITE Truck series skid units.
For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit the company’s website at www.kimtekresearch.com.