The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department (WBVFD) and the Anne Arundel County Fire Department (AACoFD) have announced that the WBVFD has placed a new fireboat in service, reports Eye on Annapolis.
Fireboat 2 is a surplus Coast Guard 25-foot Defender-class boat, which was introduced in 2002. The boat is used to handle various Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, port security, and law enforcement duties.
The boat features new twin 225 Mercury outboard motors, a Simrad NSS 12 Chartplotter, two marine VHF radios, a marine hailer horn, an emergency light package as well as fire department radios and a fire department Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL).
WBVFD has also installed a pre-piped fire pump with a 400 gallon per minute capacity for marine firefighting capabilities or to supply water to land-based fire units. It also carries a complement of Basic Life Support equipment, including an AED, for providing emergency medical care.
Maryland Volunteer Company Assistance fund provided a $40,000 grant. The final cost of the project is $105,000.