Seattle getting police boat and 2 fireboats

Kvichak Marine of Seattle delivered a 37-foot, 8-inch multipurpose vessel, Patrol 2, to the Seattle Police Department. Patrol 2 follows Patrol 4, a similar 43-footer delivered to Seattle in 1998.

The new boat will serve a dual function of law enforcement and firefighting, bringing significant firefighting capabilities to the inland waters of Lake Union, the Ship Canal and Lake Washington.

According to Lt. Dave Emerick of the Seattle Police Department, Patrol 2 was first to respond to a wharf fire on July 4. Emmerick said the boat pumped for six hours and performed flawlessly and that the boat’s maneuverability was fantastic.

The all-aluminum vessel has a beam of 13 feet and draws only 30 inches of water. Patrol 2 is powered by twin Caterpillar C9 engines delivering 567 bhp at 2,500 rpm to two Hamilton 322 waterjets.


As a police boat, Patrol 2 operates with a crew of two. Accommodations include two adjustable crew seats, two jump seats, a full galley and an enclosed head.
The vessel has a transom door for access to the stern platform. The vessel’s bow is reinforced for pusher knees and fendered with Johnson Duramax Model DB-100, “D”-shaped rubber fenders.

For its role as a firefighting vessel, Patrol 2 is equipped with a Peerless 5ACF11 1,000-gpm pump and a Task Force Tips Crossfire model monitor with a Master Stream nozzle. A 100-gallon foam system has been installed. The monitor is stored in a locker in the bow and pulpit-mounted as needed.

Seattle fireboat
Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle has designed two new vessels for the Seattle Fire Department. The first to be delivered is a 50-footer built by MetalCraft Marine of Kingston, Ontario. It underwent sea trials in July and was delivered to the city in August.

The “fast attack” fireboat Engine 1 was built to provide speed, maneuverability and backup protection when one of the department’s other boats is being hauled for maintenance.

The new boat is powered by twin Catepillar C18 engines, each delivering 715 hp at 2,100 rpm. ZF350 Marine gears deliver the power to two Hamilton HJ 364 waterjets. The vessel cruises at 30 knots and has a top speed of 36 knots. For firefighting, the boat is equipped with two Elkhart 8294 monitors, each capable of delivering 2,000 gpm. The vessel also has a 200-gallon foam tank.

The second vessel, named Leschi, is under construction at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash. The vessel is named in honor of a local Native American chief of the Nisqually tribe who lived during the mid-1800s.

Leschi was slated for delivery early in 2007.

The boat is 108 feet overall with a beam of 26 feet, 10 inches and draws 10 feet fully loaded. The vessel will have a top speed of 14 knots. It is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 8V-4000 M71 engines delivering 1,555 bhp at 2,000 rpm turning two five-bladed 72-inch props through a ZFW4610 gearbox. There are both bow and stern thrusters by Keypower for maximum maneuverability. The fire pump engines are identical Detroit Diesels and deliver 1,440 bhp at 1,950 rpm. Total pumping capacity is 20,000 gpm.

Leschi is equipped with a 7,000-gpm bow monitor mounted on the centerline at the forward end of the house; two 1,500-gpm monitors located on either side just aft of and above the bow monitor; two 5,500-gpm house-mounted monitors; one 3,000-gpm aft monitor and one 1,500-gpm crane monitor. The 55-foot crane is also equipped with an infrared camera to help locate victims and firefighters in a blaze.
The main deck of the vessel houses an ambulance-like medical treatment center, a decontamination facility for treating anyone exposed to toxic substances and a garage-like aft house for storing firefighting equipment. On deck there are ramps to accommodate a rigid inflatable and a work skiff. There are three control stations — forward, midships and aft.

For the crew, there is a bunkroom and a full galley, head and shower.
The forward part of the house is occupied by a sophisticated incident-command center. Dick Chester, chief of engineering for the Seattle Fire Department, said the onboard incident-command center will be fitted with an array of communications equipment to coordinate response teams. He said locating the command center away from the activity of the bridge allows response coordinators to work without disruption from vessel operations.

One unusual feature of the new vessel is its CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) system. The interior spaces of the vessel can be completely sealed off from outside air. The system, designed by Hunter Manufacturing Co., of Solon, Ohio, uses filters to isolate the crew and passengers from these hazards. Leschi is thought by Jensen Maritime to be the only U.S. vessel outside the Navy with such a system.

Pennsylvania fireboat
Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck, N.Y., has contracted with the state of Pennsylvania to build a 66-foot fast-response fireboat. The new all-aluminum vessel will be driven by four Hamilton HJ-403 waterjets and have a top speed of 28 knots. It will have two Carver Maxum pumps with a capacity of 5,500 gpm and a 200-gallon foam tank. The vessel and its pumps will be powered by four MTU Detriot Diesel 6062HK30 engines.

The boat is expected to be based in Philadelphia and serve the Delaware River south to Wilmington, Del., as well as to the north along the Pennsylvania and New Jersey shores of the river.

The vessel was designed by Robert Allan Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, and is scheduled for launch in March 2007.

By Professional Mariner Staff