Newport to Get New High-Tech Fireboat

The Newport, RI, Fire Department is expecting delivery of its new fire and rescue boat, built by San Francisco-based Moose Boats. The boat, an aluminum-hulled catamaran design built at a cost of $887,642, will be docked at Perrotti Park, close to fire station headquarters.

According to, the fireboat is equipped with EKG monitors, trauma equipment and medications. The navigator’s chair converts to a stretcher, while the transom platform is large enough for helicopter basket drops.

The boat is powered by twin Cummins 425-hp turbo diesel engines coupled to Hamilton waterjets, allowing for shallow-water operation. Further, it’s equipped with 2 independent fire-pump systems, each capable of delivering over 1,500 gallons of water per minute. External air sampling, a radiation detector and the distribution of breathing apparatus air, both in the cabin and on deck, allow firefighters to identify and respond to incidents of a chemical, biological or radiological nature.