(MOBILE, Ala.) — Silver Ships has delivered its first Endeavor 32 workboat, designed for Norfolk Fire-Rescue (NFR) in Norfolk, Va. The vessel will further support and advance the fire service and EMS response missions of Norfolk Fire-Rescue.
The Endeavor 32 is a multi-mission fireboat that will provide critical support to the city of Norfolk, as well as the Port of Virginia. Designed for a wide range of marine applications, the vessel will be utilized for firefighting operations as well as water supply operations, water rescue emergencies, patient transport and patient treatment capabilities.
The vessel can supply water to shore via a large-diameter hose outlet. Incorporating the multi-mission fireboat will allow Norfolk firefighters and EMS providers to respond quickly to fire rescue emergencies.
Silver Ships recognized Norfolk Fire-Rescue’s specific needs and constructed a custom vessel with a design unique to NFR. The Endeavor 32 is similar to Silver Ships’ Endeavor 30 series; the increased length is to accommodate a larger fire system without having to upgrade to a much larger vessel than needed. By adding two feet to the Endeavor 30 model, Silver Ships was able to provide the NFR with a smaller fast response boat while increasing capacity.
“We are excited for this opportunity to play a role in enhancing the safety and security of Norfolk’s waters and its community. This vessel represents Silver Ships’ dedication to the safety and service of first responders nationwide,” said Dave Hunt, director of business development at Silver Ships.
The 32-foot fire rescue boat is powered by twin 300-hp Yamaha outboard motors providing a top speed above 40 knots. The Endeavor 32 is outfitted with a 1,000-gpm fire system and a full Raymarine navigational electronics suite, which includes eAIS 5000 provided by the port.
The boat is designed with a fully enclosed pilothouse, and the cabin is equipped with an overpressure air filtration system for operating in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) environments.
The vessel was funded by a federal grant through the Department of Homeland Security and the navigational electronics were funded through the Port Security Grant Program.
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