Fireboat for San Diego Bay

Fireboat for San Diego Bay

Photo by: Post of San Diego

A 4200-gpm combination fire and police boat has recently been placed in service in San Diego Bay by the Unified Port District. The $225,000, 20-ton Harbor Island, carries a twoman crew of port district employees at all times, and San Diego City Fire Department fire fighters provide additional manpower when the boat is called to a working fire.

The 42-foot, inverted, V-type aluminum hull has a 12-foot beam and a 4 1/2-foot draft. Powered by two 8V-71 Detroit Diesel engines, which also are used to drive two 1000-gpm Hale pumps, the boat can do 12 mph. A third 8V-71 engine drives a 2200-gpm Tare KSB fire pump.

Deck guns are mounted fore and aft with nozzles controlled from the main cabin. The boat has an aqueous filmforming foam proportioning system with two 30-gallon tanks and carries a 150-pound dry chemical system. Electronic equipment includes radar, radios, public address system and a depth finder.

The Harbor Island was built by Atlantic Research Corporation, Missile Systems Division, at Costa Mesa, Calif.

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