FireStorm 70 High Speed Aluminum Fireboat
The FireStorm 70 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.
- The FireStorm 70 is a firehouse, a high speed mobile command centre, and a high-capacity pumping machine, all in one vessel.
- Four firefighting pumps can produce flow meter results of 14,000 GPM at 150 PSI and 17,000 GPM at 130 PSI and stream up to 450 feet with a roof mounted Stang monitor. As a shore hydrant, the FireStorm 70 can pump an impressive 7,000 GPM at 70 PSI through 1000 feet of hose from a 5" Storz outlet before staging pumps are required.
- Its cabin, galley, sleeping quarters, HVAC, and dual onboard generators enable the crew to stay on station for extended periods.
- The cabin includes a primary patient care berth with four secondary care berths in the forepeak. Portable berths for patient care can also be positioned in the aft cabin.
- Large side, aft and roof windows provide excellent all-round visibility and safety when working alongside other vessel or air units.
|Max speed||42 kt fully loaded|
|Discharges||3 monitors; 2 discharges; 2 LDH|
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- The Firestorm 70 provides more speed, manoeuvrability and pumping capacity than any other high speed fireboat in the market today.
- Quad diesel inboard engines matched to water-jet propulsion units can propel the boat to speeds of 42 knots and allow the boat to perform emergency stops and change direction within three boat lengths.
- A raised flush forward deck with aft recessed deck produces a very dry ride in heavy seas. The large bustle breaks waves before they reach the cabin's forward-raked windshields.
- On board integrated storage for specialized equipment including: firefighting SCBA and hoses; emergency medical equipment; dive and SCUBA kits; and tactical gear.
- The vessel can be equipped with an optional rescue craft secured on the roof of the aft cabin with a crane for easy deployment and recovery.
New York City Fire Department
|Max speed||41 knots|
|Pumps||2x Darley 3000 GPM|
C-9 Caterpillar @ 510 hp dedicated to fire pump
|Monitors||Stang 6000 GPM - main|
2x Elkhart Remote 2000 GPM
2x Elkhart Manual 2000 GPM
|Engines||3x Caterpillar C-18's @1150 HP each.|
|Jets||3x Hamilton Jet 403|
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.
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.
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 Tampa 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.
- Roof mounted, remote operated 5000 GPM monitor, Stang
- Bow 2x mounted electrical 2000 GPM monitor’s, Elkhart 8394
- 5” Storz connection for supply to land units
- All fire controls and gauges at dedicated console
- Hydrant with outlets aft of cabin
- Heated and Air Conditioned patient care area with primary patient care berth and four secondary care berths
- Dedicated EMS equipment storage with A/C outlets for battery chargers
- SCBA storage panel
- Head w/sink
- Medical Fridge
- Shore power 3 x 50 amp
- D/C (12V) Breakers
- A/C (110V) Breakers
- D/C Outlets - 10
- A/C Outlets - 8
- 2 x 13.5 Kw Onan genset
- Corrosion Meter
- Cabin, Scene & Spot Lights
- NAV & RIM lights
- Battery chargers
- 2 VHF, Radar integrated w/GPS
- GPS, 3D chartplotter w/depth sounder
- Loudhailer/Fog horn
- Emergency lights
- Many available options - FLIR etc.
- Meets NFPA Type 2
- Meets OSHA Db rating
- USCG CFR 46
- USCG interior flame retardant rating
- American Boating & Yachting Council
- American Bureau of Shipping Welding Standards
- Chart Table
- Command Center
- 4x suspension crew seats
- Non skid 24' side decks
- Safety railings with harness brackets
- Anchor Locker
- Dive Platform rated for 2500 lbs.
- Watertight emergency access hatches
- 4x 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
- 500 gallon foam storage
- Tinted side and aft windows, clear windshields
- Raked forward windshields reduce glare and improve water clearing
- 2 speed wipers w/washers
- 2x 40,000 BTU cabin AC with heat
- Hinged mast w/double height radar arch
- Watertight, integral 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
- Deck hose storage locker
- Stokes/backboard stowage
- Aft steps for level patient care
- Accumax Foam Pro system