Boston Fire Department Gets New Boat
October 28, 2010
RIBCRAFT has delivered a specialized 30′ 9.0 dive boat to the City of Boston Fire Department. The mission-specific RIB was delivered to the Boston Fire Department’s Rescue Dive Team for search and rescue operations. Given the large, active harbor with considerable commercial and recreational traffic, countless wharves and marinas, and many harbor islands and recreational areas within the city’s jurisdiction, the new boat will provide the department with improved response times and enhanced on-water coverage.
The new boat is capable of supporting 10 divers plus crew. It features a partially enclosed pilothouse with extended aluminum top, a drop-down canvas enclosure for all weather protection, a large open aft deck, integrated dive ladder with platform, and secure storage for over 12 dive tanks. The vessel is intended to support the department’s dive operations year-round. With durability, reliability, and safety as one of the fire departments primary requirements, the RIB features a reinforced vinylester hull and a heavy-duty Hypalon tube with multiple air chambers, pressure relief valves, high-profile rubstrake, and tube reinforcing. It is equipped with twin 225-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines capable of reaching speeds in excess of 50 mph.
The Boston Fire Rescue Dive Team is the only rescue dive team in Boston Harbor that is manned 24 hours a day. It is made up of 20 firefighters from the neighborhood firehouses of the city. They have extensive experience with dive operations and must pass a rigorous test to be considered for the team. Some have military diving experience. Boston Fire always has several divers on duty and can respond quickly to an incident. Each diver carries his gear in their vehicles when off-duty. They have also trained with the US Coast Guard for deployment from their helicopters if needed. The team has also responded to incidents outside of Boston when requested.