Fired Up In Miami


Fire_boat_003Fire_boat_004_2Some of our folks recently helped the Miami Fire Department rig out one of several firefighting boats with the Garmin Marine Network.  The boat is also decked out with a GPSMAP 3010, a GPSMAP 3006 and an independent GPSMAP 178 as a backup.   They have radar, sonar and GPS on the dual stations.

Fire_boat_005The boat itself is state-of-the-art, too.  It’s a rugged 50-footer that’s going into service today for the Miami Fire Department based out of the Port of Miami — strategically docked near the many cruise ships that steam in and out of Government Cut.  The boat has two Cat Diesels rated at 3000 horsepower that can drive the 52,000lb boat to 40mph.  Even cooler?  It has jet drives that allow for “Crash Stops” in one boat length and allow for incredible maneuvers like 360 degree turns, precise docking, and station keeping.  When responding to a fire, the engines drive massive pumps that can flow thousands of gallons a minute onto a fire.  The nozzles are remote controlled inside the boat to keep the operators safe.

In addition to fire suppression, the fire boat is used for water rescue, diving operations, and recovery.  Covering greater Miami Beach, it’s rigged with incredible communications equipment on board… VHF, UHF, and Land Mobile radios to communicate locally or nationally.  It also has video capabilities that are streamed off the boat to towers and relayed back to Fire Dept HQ for remote viewing.

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