Portland, ME, Firefighters Won’t Need Captain’s License

Portland Press Herald: Firefighters who pilot Portland’s $3.2 million fireboat will not be required to be licensed by the Coast Guard.

The issue of requiring Coast Guard training for the city’s fireboat crew emerged last year after the fireboat hit an underwater object near Fort Gorges, shearing off a shaft and damaging a propeller and a rudder.

It was the second accident since the boat was purchased in 2009. Both accidents caused about $130,000 worth of damage.

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