Los Angeles Reconditions Fireboat
Los Angeles City F.D. photos by Hal Burba
Fire protection for the 28 miles of waterfront in Los Angeles harbor has been strengthened by the complete reconditioning of the fireboat Ralph J. Scott at a cost of $238,000.
The Scott, which was commissioned on October 29 as Fireboat No. 2 of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, was provided with a pumping capacity of 10,200 gpm at 200 psi. The vessel is 99.3 feet overall with a 20.5-foot beam and a 7.5-foot draft.
The newest addition to the fireboat fleet, which now includes five boats, features a high degree of automation accomplished through a combination of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic controls. An articulated electro-hydraulic boom and basket has controls both in the basket and on the deck and can be used for getting personnel and equipment to and from ship’s decks.
Other features include two 3,000-gpm variable stream nozzles recessed into each side of the bow near the waterline. The stream pattern and elevation are remotely controlled at a pilot house console. There are 11 heavy stream appliances, and the largest of these, the Big Bertha, is capable of using the full capacity of the pumps.
Hull thrusters were installed fore and aft. A high degree of thrust has been achieved by installing the units below the waterline and using the fireboat’s pumping capability of discharging water through 2 1/4-inch nozzles in an air-venturi.
Chief Raymond M. Hill formally received delivery of the Scott from Gilbert Anderson, president of Harbor Boat Building Company, whose Fellows and Stewart Shipyard Division was the contractor for the reconditioning. Mrs. Sam Yorty, wife of the Los Angeles mayor, presented the commission pennant to Hill.
Captain W. L. Lawrence was the recommissioning project manager and is senior officer on the fireboat. W. H. Dyer, in charge of engineering and construction for the shipyard, was responsible for the excellent performance of the fireboat.