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November 27, 2012

Check out the photos of this spectacular fire off Miami Beach this week.

Evidently it broke out just as officers were about to board for an inspection.

Miami Dade?s MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 50 fireboat attended in short order and extinguished the blaze.

Miami Dade MetalCraft Marine Firestorm 50 extinguished this spectacular boat fire Miami Dade MetalCraft Marine Firestorm 50 extinguished this spectacular boat fire
October 26, 2012

TORONTO: Last night (October 24th 2012), 500 of Ontario's business and civic leaders celebrated the 30th Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA), featuring the Ontario Global Traders Awards (OGTA).

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Ontario have partnered with the Global Trader Awards since 2007. The Innovation-Exports Award is sponsored by NRT Technologies and the Government of Ontario and honours companies that have expanded exports and created jobs by developing and/or improving world leading products.

Rapp Optical, the high-end optical retailer, won gold in this award category. MIS Electronics, an electronic engineering enterprise, won silver in the Innovation-Exports category. MetalCraft Marine, designer and manufacturer of workboats, won bronze.

"This is the sixth year Ontario has partnered with the Chamber to present the Ontario Global Traders Awards,? said Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid. ?We are proud to recognize and celebrate outstanding companies that are creating jobs, exploring new markets and driving Ontario?s economic future."

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is proud to honour companies like Rapp Optical, MIS Electronics and MetalCraft Marine, who are helping Ontario emerge stronger. To learn more about the event, visit obaa.ca .

October 26, 2012

Here's a short blog post about the Tacoma Wa Fire Department's fireboat Destiny recent rescue of two skiff sailors in fading light. Destiny is a MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 30.

October 18, 2012

The San Diego Harbor Police Department has posted this excellent video about their dual Law Enforcement and Marine Firefighter duties in their fleet of FireStorm 36 high speed aluminum fireboats.

September 29, 2012
San Diego Harbour Police responding to a boat fire, Sep 2012

Here are some great photos of one of San Diego Harbor Police's FireStorm 36 fireboats responding to a boat fire at a marina on September 26 2012.

September 28, 2012
Congratulations to Mystic, CT Fire Department on their new FireStorm 32

On behalf of MetalCraft Marine we would like to congratulate Mystic FD on the delivery of their new FireStorm 32

Update: Here's an article From the Mystic River Press about the cristening of the boat Joseph B. Herman II.

Model:FireStorm 32
Hull Number:561
Customer:Mystic Fire Department, CT
Delivered:August, 2012

Specifications

Length:32' 2"
L.O.A.:35' 9"
Beam:10' 3"
B.O.A.:10' 9"
Displacement:17,500 lbs.
Engines:(2) FPT Iveco N67 NEF 450
Transmission:ZF 280
Jets:(2) Hamilton Jet HJ274
Gen Set:Kohler 6EOD 6kw
Fire Pump:Hale 1500
Discharges:2 Elkhart Brass Scorpion RF remote monitors (roof and bow)
Elkhart Brass Copperhead manual monitor (port side)
2.5? Gated Wye hand line connection (starboard side)
5? Stortz connection (transom)

Performance

Horsepower:420 HP
Speed:39 kts
Time to Plane:14s
Pump Performance:2,000 GPM

Features

Navigation:Raymarine HD radar, Raystar GPS, DSM sounder, CAM 100 E-Series multi-function display.
Imaging:Lowrance StructureScan thru-hull transducer & sonar imaging.
August 31, 2012

Check out this new testimonial penned by Trey Coker, Assistant Chief of Special Operations, North Charleston Fire Department .

August 30, 2012
Congratulations to Bomberos De Costa Rica on their new FireBrand 28

On behalf of MetalCraft Marine we would like to congratulate Bomberos De Costa Rica on the delivery of their new FireBrand 28.

Model:FireBrand 28
Hull Number:557
Customer:Bomberos De Costa Rica
Delivered:May 15, 2012

Specifications

L.O.A.:33' 5"
B.O.A.:10' 6"
Displacement:10,200 lbs.
Engines:(2) Mercury 200 Counter Rotating.
Fire Pump:Darley 1250
Discharges:2 Monitor, 1 hand line, 1 Storz

Performance

Horsepower:400 HP
Speed:55 kts.
Pump Performance:1,250 GPM

Features

  • Dive door
  • MetalCraft Pump Skid
August 30, 2012
Congratulations to Bomberos De Panama on their new FireBrand 28

On behalf of MetalCraft Marine we would like to congratulate Bomberos De Panama on the delivery of their new FireBrand 28.

Model:FireBrand 28
Hull Number:558
Customer:Bomberos De Panama
Delivered:April 15, 2012

Specifications

L.O.A.:33' 5"
B.O.A.:10' 6"
Displacement:10,200 lbs.
Engines:(2) Evinrude 150 Counter Rotating.
Fire Pump:Darley 1250
Discharges:1 Monitor, 5 discharges, 2 handlines, 1 Storz, 1 Storz

Performance

Speed:35 kts.
Pump Performance:1,250 GPM

Features

  • Dive door
  • MetalCraft Pump Skid
August 30, 2012
Congratulations to the St. John's Fire Department on their new FireBrand 28

On behalf of MetalCraft Marine we would like to congratulate St. John's SC Fire Department and Chief Karl E'Ristow, Captain Russ White and Captain Gavin Gilcrease on the delivery of their new FireBrand 28.

Model:FireBrand 28
Hull Number:550
Customer:St. John's Fire Department
Delivered:June 15, 2012

Specifications

L.O.A.:33' 5"
B.O.A.:10' 6"
Displacement:10,200 lbs.
Engines:(2) Yamaha 250 Counter Rotating.
Fire Pump:Darley 1250
Discharges:1 Monitor, 5 discharges, 2 handlines, 1 Storz, 1 Aux

Performance

Horsepower:500 hp.
Speed:41 kts.
Pump Performance:1,250 GPM

Features

  • Dive door
  • Open back cabin
  • MetalCraft Pump Skid
August 3, 2012
Press Release from the Office of Wilmington Fire Chief Willie J. Patrick

News from the Office of Wilmington Fire Chief Willie J. Patrick, Jr./EFO

For Release on: July 16, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON FIREBOAT TO ARRIVE

LOCATION: Christiana River, Wilmington, Delaware
DATE: July 16, 2012

In May of 2011, The City of Wilmington contracted with MetalCraft Marine of Cape Vincent, New York, to build a new multi-mission fireboat.

The Boat was constructed in Kingston Ontario and was completed on June 29, 2012. The boat departed from Lake Ontario on July 9 with three members of the Wilmington Fire Department aboard.

The vessel then traveled through the Oswego Canal to the Erie Canal where the crew rested in Utica, NY. The following morning the crew traveled down the remaining section of the Erie Canal and exited into the Hudson River. The crew had a second night layover in Troy, NY. On July 11, the boat traveled down the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty and stopped for a crew rest in Perth Amboy, NJ. The following day the boat traveled down the Atlantic Ocean and had a final crew rest in Atlantic City.

The boat entered the Delaware Bay on July 13 and traveled up the Christiana River to Marine Station 7 where it will be permanently berthed.

Some of the features of the new boat are:

  • Length 70'
  • Width 22'
  • 100,000 LBS Displacement
  • Powered by four Iveco C-13- 825 HP diesel engines with four Hamilton Jets for propulsion.
  • Top Speed 38 Knots. (43 MPH)
  • Firefighting pumps can produce a flow 12,000 gallons per minute.
  • 300 Gallons of AFFF Foam Concentrate for Petroleum Fires.
  • The cabin includes two patient care berth with four secondary care berths in the forepeak including.
  • Its cabin, galley, sleeping quarters, HVAC, and dual onboard generators enable the crew to stay on station for extended periods.
  • State of the art navigation electronics.

This new boat replaces the 35 year old 65' foot boat which was sold in June of 2012.

The new Fireboat cost 3.5 million dollars and was funded primarily by a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Port Security Grant that the Wilmington Fire Department was awarded. Additional funding was provided by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), Midstream Magellan Partners, located in the Port of Wilmington, and the City of Wilmington.

The fire department will spend the next few weeks outfitting the boat with equipment and training before placing the boat in service. The Department will announce an official christening sometime in the near future.

Contact:

Battalion Chief Carl Zipfel Wilmington Fire Department
302-540-5071

August 3, 2012
Congratulations to the Wilmington Fire Department on their new FireStorm 70

On behalf of MetalCraft Marine we would like to congratulate Wilmington Fire Department on the delivery of their new FireStorm 70

Model:FireStorm 70
Hull Number:542
Customer:Wilmington Fire Department, DE
Delivered:July 13, 2012

Specifications

L.O.A.:70' 10"
B.O.A.:22' 2"
Displacement:105, 000 lbs.
Engines:(4) IVECO [email protected]
Jets:(4) Hamilton 364
Fire Pump:(4) Hale 3000
Discharges:5 monitors 12,500 GPM

Performance

Horsepower:825 hp.
Speed:38 kts.
Pump Performance:12, 500 GPM

Features

  • 6' 5" head room in galley birth area
  • Exceeds ABS structure
  • 300 g Fire Fighting Foam
  • Water level recovery deck
  • Two patient care berths
  • 4 berths forward
  • Interior work benches
  • Command center/dinette table seats 6
  • Modular Electronic Control System ( MECS ) jet steering
  • 5,000 gpm Stang roof monitor
  • Twin 2,000 gpm bow monitors, twin 1,250 gpm aft deck monitors
  • Quad 5" Storz for land supply
  • Overhead 3 cabin windows for visability
  • Twin 13.5 kW gensets
  • Raymarine Electronics package, AIS, WiFi, Thermal Night Vision ? Raymarine, Cameras for engine room, forward and aft deck
  • Heated front windshield
  • Galley - includes fridge with freezer, stove, microwave and sink
  • Head with sink
  • Shower with stall
  • Hydraulic crane
  • Breathable air ( with cascade system ) and patient Oxygen throughout
  • Exterior aft cabin side and aft storage lockers with roll doors
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Life raft and 18 foot RIB with 40 hp engine on upper deck
  • Hull Strakes
  • Bow thruster
  • 360 degree visibility in Pilot House
  • Pushknee
  • Lifting eyes

Update: Here's a nice account of the Christening of Firefighter on September 19th 2012.

August 1, 2012
Boat sinks at Foss Marina, Tacoma, WA
MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 30, Tacoma WA responding to a sunk vessel and fluid spill at Floss Marina.

Incident Date: 7/25/12
Incident Location: 821 Dock Street
Incident Type: Sunk Boat

At 7:44 a.m. firefighters responded to a report that a boat had sunk and was leaking fluids.

Crews arrived to find an approximately 32' boat listing while tied up at its slip. Operationally, crews stabilized the boat, deployed absorbent pads to contain leaking fluids, and set up a ?fog? nozzle to suppress any potentially dangerous fumes. The Incident Commander coordinated the environmental response with the US Coast Guard, Department of Ecology , City of Tacoma?s Environmental Services and Vessel Assist for salvage operations.

This is the second sinking incident in the past two months and illustrates the value of preventative maintenance on watercraft.

According to the Boat U.S. Foundation , the most common reasons boats sink at the dock are:

  • Leaks at underwater fittings
  • Heavy rain or snow
  • The boat getting caught under a dock or banging against a piling
  • At least twice a season inspect any fittings above or below the waterline, check your hoses at thru-hulls and make sure your bilge pump is in proper working condition.
July 16, 2012

The North Charleston Fire Department dedicated and demonstrated the Lowcountry's first fireboat at North Charleston's 4th of July Festival.

The fireboat, model FireStorm 32, was built by MetalCraft Marine in Kingston, Ontario. It is powered by dual Cummins diesel engines, each rated at 480 horsepower, which were manufactured at the Cummins Turbo Technologies facility on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston, SC. Its top speed is 43 knots or nearly 50 MPH and can pump more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute through 4 water monitors mounted on the roof, bow and two on the aft deck.

The fireboat can traverse and operate in very shallow water due to its shallow draft and jet drive configuration. The aft deck provides an oversized dive platform/recovery deck, which provides water level working space for deployment and recovery. The cabin is equipped with VHF, radar integrated with GPS, infrared capabilities and high output scene and spot lights for night operations.

July 16, 2012
Distinguished Visitors to Kingston Marina
Guy Lafleur at Kingston Marina Guy Lafleur at Kingston Marina

Speaking of distinguished Visitors, former 2-time NHL MVP, 3-time scoring champion, Conn Smythe Trophy winner and 5-time Stanley Cup winner Guy Lafleur stayed with us at Kingston Marina last week.

July 14, 2012
Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand visits MetalCraft Marine in Cape Vincent

Here are photos from the recent visit by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to our facility in Cape Vincent, NY.

Here are video and audio news reports from the Senator's visit.

June 7, 2012
Tom Wroe at the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony

MetalCraft Marine founder Tom Wroe has just been inducted into the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame .

Tom is one of two inductees in the visionary category this year.

Congratulations Tom!

This year MetalCraft Marine celebrates its 25th year.

June 7, 2012
Press Release June 6, 2012

MetalCraft Marine Wins High Speed Patrol Boat Contract

MetalCraft Marine US Inc and partner Brunswick Government and Commercial Products (Boston Whaler) have been awarded the contract for the design/production of the new generation Long Range Interceptor II for the US Coast Guard. The boats will be an integral part of the National Security Cutter's Over the Horizon Program. The design is based on the MCM/Brunswick Sentry Line of Patrol Boats. The five year contract is valued at $10, 189,166.00.

The LRI II is powered by twin Cummins Tier III 6.7L diesels and Ultra 305 waterjets with electronic joystick controls and can reach 42 knots. The engines are JP-5 or alternative Bio-Fuel optional and have a 5 minute run dry feature. All systems are designed for equatorial and arctic conditions and has a fully integrated standard Coast Guard Furuno electronics package.

The high speed LRI II patrol boat has a range of 236 nautical miles on plane and can operate up to Sea State 5. It can carry 15 crew/boarding party or passengers in ergonomic suspension seating by Shoxs and Bostrom. The cabin can be partially or fully enclosed and has remarkable 360 degree visibility as well as overhead for navigation and shipboard recovery and launching maneuvers. Hull structure is designed to ABS HSNC and systems design to ABYC and CFR 46 standards.

MetalCraft Design has incorporated a heavy duty Gilman Corp closed cell foam fendering system that can withstand 9 knots of impact. There is a quick change out proprietary clamping system that permits individual 6' sections of the collar to be replaced independently. Gilman has supplied the fendering system for the CG 47' MLB and 46' RBM programs.

The first boat will be delivered in 2012 and go through extensive testing to ensure all failsafe systems are in check. Follow on deliveries will commence through 2013.

MetalCraft Marine of Cape Vincent NY is a designer builder of high speed aluminum patrol, fire & rescue boats and is designer of the Brunswick Line of Sentry Patrol Boats. The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 and is pleased to be working with the USCG small boat group.

Brunswick Government & Commercial Products of Edgewater FL is the designer builder of the Boston Whaler and Impact Rigid Inflatable commercial boats. The two companies joined forces in December 2010 to develop the Sentry Line of Aluminum Patrol Craft.

May 10, 2012

Quinte New Net News reports on the new navigation equipment provided to Quinte Search and Rescue thanks to Veridian Connections , Belleville's electricity provider.

The vessel in the video is a MetalCraft Marine Kingfisher 28 that was dedicated last August.

May 10, 2012
Dramatic Photo from a 105-foot charter boat fire at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle

An impressive fire nearly destroyed a 105-foot luxury charter boat at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle last week, with the Seattle FD's FireStorm 50 fireboat responding.

May 10, 2012
Delivery of the Salisbury Fire Department's new CBRNE FireStorm 36

Here are two nice accounts of the recent fireboat delivery to the Salisbury MD Fire Department .

May 2, 2012
3-day Pump Course for the Lads

A 3 day Pump School was recently held by the Kingston Fire Department for 3 MCM employees: Jay Milner (Project Manager) Mike Marshall (Fit out) and Joe DaSilva (Fit out).

The lads look pretty good in battle gear, don't they? Click for a larger version.

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