Rochester Fire Department’s new custom catamaran on order

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The Rochester Fire Department is getting a new custom-built boat that will be the first of its kind in the Great Lakes Basin. The new vessel is primarily a water rescue boat, but will be able to fight shoreline fires right from the water. 

Moose Boats out of California is constructing the vessel for the Rochester Fire Department, and has the capability to pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute via two mounted monitors.

“Basically, the boat is a fire engine on the water,” says Capt. Scott Daly with the Rochester Fire Department. 

He says this will allow firefighters to shoot water where hydrants are not available, an issue on big sections of the shoreline. 

“This is, as far as catamaran boat design, this is one of a kind,” adds Daly. The catamaran hull model gives a wider platform to work off of, which helps in the choppy Lake Ontario waters. It’s also jet-propelled and can slip into shallow rivers. “Basically, the boat is a fire engine on the water,” he says.

From the water rescue side of things, it will come equipped with infrared, state of the art navigation and a communications counsel to touch base with other rescue teams. The Gates Fire Department hopes to see it in action….especially those nozzles. 

“Yeah that’s quite a bit of water that you’re able to flow out,” says Joseph Manuse, Public Information Officer with the Gates Fire Department.

“That’s a lot of water, I mean, 1,500 gallons per minute if you think about it, you know think about a pool, that’s going to empty a pool pretty quick,” adds LT Louis Comenale.

Comenale says that kind of power would empty one of their trucks with stored water in about 15 seconds. He’s hoping for an invite onboard the RFD vessel. “Anytime there’s a chance to play with other people’s new toys, I’m always for it.”

New training with the boat is scheduled, and when it arrives, will be stationed on the Genesee River in Charlotte. 

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