A New Fireboat For Seattle

Seattle's new fireboat, designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates, is being built by Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash., and will carry an ABS classification when completed in mid-1984.

The 96-foot by 23-foot by 7-foot aluminum hull and superstructure is capable of 28 knots powered by three GM 16V92 TI engines through twin-disc Omega MG530M, 3:13 to 1 gears with 42- inch-diameter by 55-inch pitch propellers. The three 2,500-gpm fire pumps are driven off the front P.T.O. of each main. There are three manual controlled monitors: two 4-inch, one 6-inch and one 8- inch which telescopes 45 feet above the waterline. Also included in the sea water fire-fighing system are two forward 4 inch underwharf monitors as well as a stern thruster P/S and a Furuno radar. The boat also contains 300 gallons of foam for fire-fighting.

It is equipped for rescue with a small boat stored in a ramp built into the stern and an emergency medical room with a setup equal to on-shore aid care units.

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