Firestorm 50 High-Speed Aluminum Fireboat

This High Speed, high pump-capacity Aluminum FireStorm fireboat is serving in <strong>Miami-Dade County</strong>.

This High Speed, high pump-capacity Aluminum FireStorm fireboat is serving in Miami-Dade County.

The FireStorm 50 High-Speed Aluminum Fireboat is a new generation in fireboat technology. It is a culmination of years of study and research into high volume pumping systems and their effects on a small boat's stability, controllability, dynamic loading and righting moments.

Standard Configuration
Max speed44 kt fully loaded
L.O.A.50'5"
B.O.A.15'10"
Draft25"
Discharges3 monitors; 2 discharges; 2 LDH
PropulsionWater-jet
GeneratorSingle diesel

The FireStorm 50 provides more speed, maneuverability & pumping capacity than any other high speed fireboat in the market today. It is fitted with twin Hale pumps that produced flow meter results of 6665 GPM @ 150 PSI, 7000 GPM @ full stream, from two 3000 GPM Hale pumps. The pumps are situated low in the engine room and are, therefore, self-priming.

High pump numbers are due to the unique MetalCraft Marine proprietary designed sea chests. These sea chests have an intake three times the cross sectional area of the main, can be inspected and cleaned while underway and provides a positive head to the pump, as well as pump redundancy.

The monitor location is central and close to the center of buoyancy of the vessel. This permits the helmsman to pivot the streaming at any angle. The boat's head never blows off its course. Simplicity is the key to the fire system, and is based on fire truck system design for ease of maintenance.

MetalCraft Marine

Alexandria VA Fire Department

FireStorm 50
Alexandria VA Fire Department
Max speed44 Knots
L.O.A.50
B.O.A.15' 10"
Weight45000 lbs
Horsepower1830 hp.
Pumps2 Hale 3500
Dischargesfour monitors
Four 5" Stortz
Flow7,400 GPM
EnginesTwo CAT [email protected]
JetsTwo Rolls Royce FF 37
Other6'5" head room in galley birth area; Exceeds ABS structure; 100 g Fire Fighting Foam; Water level recovery deck; Patient care berth; 13.5 kW gensets; Heated front windshields; Galley includes fridge with freezer, microwave; Head with sink; Breathable air and patient Oxygen; Air conditioned throughout; Hull Strakes; Pushknee; Lifting eyes; Electric tinting overhead windows; Vector joystick controls; Aft helm; Furuno electronics; FLIR camera.
MetalCraft Marine

Camden Fire Department

FireStorm 50
Camden Fire Department
Max speed44 Knots
L.O.A.50' 5"
B.O.A.16' 8"
Weight52000 lbs
Horsepower2250 hp.
Pumps3 Hale
Dischargesfive monitors
2 LDH
Flow11,000 GPM
Engines3 Iveco
JetsTriple Hamilton 364 jets
OtherCBRNE
Command & Control platform capabilities
Ice belt
FLIR thermal imaging
MetalCraft Marine

Miami-Dade County, FL

FireStorm 50
Miami-Dade County, FL
Max speed38 Knots fully loaded
L.O.A.50' flush deck
B.O.A.15' 10"
Draft25"
Pumps2 @ 3000 GPM Hale
Flow6665 GPM
Monitors2x Elkhart 8394 remote and manual
EnginesTwin Cat C18, 885 HP each
JetsTwin Hamilton 364

Fire Systems

MetalCraft Marine high-speed fireboat fire systems.

High pump numbers are due to a unique MetalCraft Marine proprietary designed sea chest.

This sea chest has an intake as large as a firefighter himself. It can be inspected and cleaned while underway and provides a positive head to the pump. It provides a filtered water source to the pump while self draining with the boat on plane.

The monitor location is central for further range and is close to the center of buoyancy. This permits the helmsman to pivot the boat around a high thrust load at full stream while running a low engine rpm, not unlike a towboat.

Operators are amazed at the boat's control under full streaming at any angle. The boat's head never blows off its course.

Simplicity is the key to the FireStorm fire system. Its fire truck-based designs promote easy maintenance and reparability.

All FireStorm fireboats pack a huge punch for their size, and their shallow draft gets them into the smallest of marinas and very close to shore.

* Some exceptions to the NFPA 1925 apply, based on individual specifications.

Hull Shape

MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 40 high-speed aluminum fireboat

The Firestorm operates on the Kingston hull design platform. This proprietary design features a delta-pad center planing flat. This provides additional lift resulting a lower trim angle through the pre-planing transition zone, "the hump".

Fireboats are about 25% heavier than a conventional patrol boat because of firefighting equipment and rescue gear. This can cause the planning hull surface area to be marginal, or even too low in the water, to plane at all. A heavy boat with a small water plane causes exaggerated high bow planning angles, and heavier loads on engines reducing their longevity.

MetalCraft Marine's high-efficiency hulls offset the FireStorm's high gear-loads, providing additional speed and better fuel economy. MetalCraft Marine FireStorm fireboats give you speed and performance without compromising the equipment list.

Rescue Systems

MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 50

While arriving on-scene faster than most large vessels, FireStorms offers a wide range of specialized rescue features for first or only response.

There are many options to rescue systems offered by MetalCraft Marine, the ones chosen by the Miami-Dade Fire/Rescue are as follows;

  • starting at the bow, she had a crumple zone push knee box, that provides additional flotation and lift for those very large seas, the push knees have heavy duty extruded rubber fenders, with a built in bow ladder to provide access to and from the boat when beaching.
  • She has a gas sprung opening front windshield with roller and safety guides for bringing a stokes basket into the cabin via the front windshield. This helps greatly if running short crew, or the boat is rolling too heavily in rough seas.
  • Hinged main patient berth allows two medics to maintain the patient. Piped oxygen is piped to four patient berths, three in the forecabin and the main.
  • Main berths have retractable seatbelt restraints to hold patient in.
  • The boat has climate controlled HVAC to maintain temperature.
  • There are two outside backboard locations aboard the airvent seat boxes.
  • The wide aft recovery deck, is low to the water to aid divers and survivors to climb aboard, there are also rescue handrails around the perimeter of the deck.
  • The wide aft deck steps, permit the crew to keep heart or hypothermic patients to be kept level while moving them into the cabin.

Details

The FS-50 is a Class 'B' fireboat but meets Class 'A' pumping and flotation requirements. Under the new NFPA 1925 Rev, 2008, the 50 should be classed as a Type 3 fireboat.

Fire Fighting Systems
  • Roof mounted, remote operated 2000 GPM monitor, Elkhart 8394
  • Bow mounted manual 2000 GPM monitor, Elkhart 8394
  • LDH 5" Storz connection for supply to land units
  • 2x3" or 21/2" capped discharges
  • All fire controls and gauges at dedicated console
EMS Support
  • Heated and Air Conditioned patient care area with primary patient care berth and two secondary care berths
  • Dedicated EMS equipment storage with A/C outlets for battery chargers
  • SCBA storage panel and dive tank storage racks, breathable air.
Electrical System
  • Shorepower 2x 30 amp
  • DIC (12V) Breakers - 16
  • A/C (110V) Breakers - 12
  • DIC Outlets - 3
  • A/C Outlets - 3
  • 6.5 Kw Onan genset
  • Corrosion Meter
  • Cabin, Scene & Spot Lights
  • NAV & RIM lights
  • Battery charger
Electronics
  • 2 VHF, Radar integrated w/GPS
  • GPS, chartplotter w/depth sounder
  • Compass
  • Loudhailer/Fog horn
  • Siren
  • Emergency lights
  • Many available options - FLIR etc.
Standards
  • Meets NFPA floatation for Class 'A' vessels
  • Meets NFPA pumping for Class 'B'
  • Meets OSHA Db rating
  • USCG CFR 46
  • USCG interior flame retardant rating
  • American Boating & Yachting Council
  • American Bureau of Shipping welding standards
Other Features
  • Chart Table
  • COMM Station
  • 4x suspension crew seats
  • Non skid 24' side decks
  • Safety railings with harness brackets
  • Anchor Locker
  • Dive Platform rated for 25001bs.
  • Watertight emergency access hatches
  • 5 watertight compartments
  • Rubber sound/stress matting
  • 5"'D' rubber fendering
  • Fully finished interior
  • Head w/overboard & deck discharge
  • High security engine hatch locks
  • High security battery switches & start sequence
  • Flat or treadplate aluminum decking
  • 5 gallon & 100(x2) gallon foam storage
  • Tinted side windows, clear windshields
  • Raked forward windshields to reduce glare and improve water clearing
  • 2 speed wipers w/washers
  • 40,000 BTU cabin heater w/defrost
  • Hinged mast w/double height radar arch
  • Watertight, integral to roof, electrical boxes w/terminal strip
  • Floatable dive/roof ladder
  • Push knee with D-rubber
  • Ice clearing roof design
  • Access to all piping and valves
  • All piping concealed
  • Desk hose storage locker
  • Stokes/background stowage
  • Aft steps for level patient care

Firestorm 50 High-Speed Aluminum Fireboat Photos