Moose Boats to provide fire and rescue vessel for Memphis


The following is text of a news release from Moose Boats:

(VALLEJO, Calif.) — Moose Boats, a boat designer and builder in the San Francisco Bay Area, was awarded a contract by the city of Memphis (Tenn.) fire and police departments for the construction of a M2-38 fire rescue and patrol catamaran.

Twin Cummins engines at 425 hp each with Hamilton waterjets will power the boat. Memphis fire and police’s new boat will be equipped with a single Hale fire pump flowing close to 2,000 gallons per minute of water through Task Force Tips fire monitors and valves.

The M2 will be equipped with a host of Simrad electronics including multifunction navigation screen, 4G radar, and AIS, and a FLIR thermal imaging camera to help with the wide range of response scenarios Memphis fire and police will encounter on the Mississippi River and inland ports. The M2-38 catamaran’s large walk-around climate-controlled cabin will be outfitted for patrols, search and rescue and incident command.

The deck will be outfitted for deploying life rafts and water rescue teams, law enforcement personnel and a large volume discharge for fire suppression water supply to land-based apparatus.

Port security grant funding provided most of the funds, with Memphis fire and police jointly providing the matching funds. The boat will respond to incidents on the Mississippi River and in the Port of Memphis.

Moose Boats now has fireboats in locations throughout the United States, including Newport, R.I., Tiburon, Calif., New Bedford, Mass., Bellingham, Wash., North Kingstown, R.I., Richmond, Calif., Sandwich, Mass., West Pierce, Wash., Humboldt Bay, Calif., New Orleans, La., Anne Arundel County, Md., Old Saybrook, Conn., San Francisco, Calif., Boston, Mass., Lewes, Del., and Northport, N.Y.

By Professional Mariner Staff