Bridgeport dedicates new fire boat - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Bridgeport dedicates new fire boat

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

The Bridgeport Fire Department dedicated a new fire boat at a ceremony in the city Wednesday morning.

The department recently received the new 33-foot vessel, which is equipped with three 300-horsepower engines and a deck gun that can pump water at 2,000 gallons a minute.

"This is a state-of-the-art vessel," said Mayor Bill Finch in a statement Wednesday. "When you look at our shoreline, we have a lot of important assets. We have our residents and guests, pleasure boaters and swimmers enjoy our shores and waterways. And we have institutional assets like the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferries, tank farms, marinas."

The boat cost nearly $700,000, and the money was from a Homeland Security/Port Security grant.

The boat, built in Bremerton, WA, can travel nearly 48 mph and holds up to 21 people.

The boat will be used for the following emergencies:

  • Search and rescue
  • Fires both on the shore and in the water
  • Chemical or petroleum spills
  • Acts of terror

Bridgeport's current boat will be donated to the Fairfield Fire Department, which does not have its own boat at this time.

"This is the future of Bridgeport," said Bridgeport fire Chief Brian Rooney.

To see the fire boat in action, click the following links: http://bit.ly/14rAwLS, http://bit.ly/15En46Q and http://bit.ly/19jtBb7.

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