April 05, 2018
Fox 45 News reports on the $7.5 million loss in Perryville Easter Sunday condo fire.
Sent: 2018-04-02 9:52:50 AM
Subject: Owens Landing Fire - Perryville
Good Morning Richard,
My name is Tom Bicking, and I am the Chief of Charlestown Fire Company. Mike has asked me to give a few details regarding our operations at the Condo Fire in Perryville that happened at 0230 on April 1, 2018. I was officer on our new fire boat, and my assistant chief was our operator.
The way this group of condominiums was situated there was no access for fire apparatus to gain access to the rear of the building. If there had been, they still would have had to park well outside the collapse zone due to heat, which minimizes how close you can get with hand lines, flow rates, etc. When we arrived, which by the way was only about a 10 minute response from Charlestown due to our new boat, the structure was fully engulfed. Upon arrival we joined Harford County Boat 5-2 from Havre De Grace Fire Company, and immediately placed into service our monitor which was flowing approximately 1500 gallons a minute for the 5 hours (approximately 450,000 gallons) or so we were on scene. The fire was so hot when we arrived we made a knock on the fire for approximately 15 minutes and as the air temperature got cooler, we moved in closer until we were tied off to the bulkhead flowing water from that location.
I have no doubt in my mind the towns water system wouldn't have had enough water to fight this fire. Most likely this fire would have taxed any municipal water system. Having two fireboats employing their monitors was essential to extinguishing this fire, and keeping the heat dissipated, leaving the aerial apparatus on the municipal water supply free to manage a fog stream over the adjacent structures resulting in the adjacent buildings from getting to an ignition point. Without these two marine units I feel the fire loss would have been much greater.
By the way, Havre De Grace Boat 5-2 was on location for close to 12Hrs yesterday, and at times they were operating both a portable deck gun and their monitor. If there had been docks where we were, we could have established a water supply by running a 5" supply line out the dock to our boat and furnished water to the attack pieces as well as fought fire. I am sure well over a million gallons of water were dumped on this fire over the course of the incident, which would have been impossible without these marine units. If you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask Mike or myself. We are more than happy to assist you however we can.
Thomas Bicking - Fire Chief
Charlestown Fire Company
p.o.box 111, 307 Market Street
Charlestown, Md. 21914
Here's more on the aftermath.
March 16, 2018
February 24, 2018
January 27, 2018
Fire tore through a 30-foot pleasure craft moored at a James Bay marina early Saturday.
Victoria Fire Department crews responded to the blaze in the marina in front of the Coast Harbourside Hotel on Kingston Street just after 1 a.m.
A resident of nearby Fisherman’s Wharf said there was heavy smoke in the area following a loud explosion about 1 a.m.
According to the fire department, the boat was “fully involved” when they arrived.
Firefighters used the deck gun of a fire boat on the flames, while a second crew applied water from the driveway of the hotel.
No one was aboard the vessel and there were no injuries.
A witness said the fire was extinguished by 1:35 a.m.
The fire department said the boat was a writeoff.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
December 22, 2017
MetalCraft’s Interceptor Line of Patrol Craft
MetalCraft has introduced a completely new design in patrol craft. The name of the new line, The Interceptor, was based on the original boat’s nomenclature and how the design came to be, The Long Range Interceptor II. MetalCraft has a long history designing RIBs for patrol and SAR missions, dating back to 1984, where they developed the first SOLAS self righting RIB with a foam collar. The design of the Kingston hull shape dated 1987 became the basic hull shape of the MetalCraft RIB program. It was chosen by the U.S. Navy as Force Protection Medium after the Cole incident and MetalCraft sent 24 C-130 certified KPR-28’s and 32’s over to the Middle East for Force Protection. As RIB development changed from the former design philosophy of the collar sitting in saltwater degrading but required for vessel stability to the new age of collar design being used for fendering and flotation but not vessel stability, MetalCraft was already there. The hull design is a blend of variable deadrise (warped hull) and monohedron. MetalCraft consulted with the famous Donald Blount and Associates on the radical features of the design. The boat has been tested to 60+ knots. The aft deadrise of 22 degrees is surprising as she handles large seas at speed better than a normal 24 or 25 degree deadrise hull. But the shallower deadrise makes the boat a very competent Riverine/Offshore blended design.
December 11, 2017
Here's a video of an impressive marina fire in Charlestown on December 11 2017 that was extinguished by their 2017 MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 32.
December 20, 2017
Merry Christmas 2017 from MetalCraft Marine!
'Twas the week before Christmas, and time for some cheer
As Chris T. kept reminding It's poem time of year! The shops were all quiet, the welders shut down
With hopes that the squirrels would not come around
The boats were all winterized, and the crane in its shed
As visions of new boats danced in Bob's head
The office was vacant, the server stopped squeaking
Even the dry dock door had stopped leaking
Then out in the harbor there was such a boom! Blue Herons spirit, had lingered and loomed
Had it really left, was it truly delivered? The thought of it not - did invoke such a shiver.
With eyes peering over, in the general direction
It was clear to be seen upon closer inspection
The sound had not come from a vessel at all
But from echoes of Eric cursing T.C. in the fall
We couldn't believe, when it was finally gone
We knew in a moment - it must have been Ron
Off in the night, he took it to stay! Get that damn bridge up, I'm leaving today!
Looking back at the year, the projects flew out
With nary a whisper, scream, yell, or shout
New boats now designed, seen never before
And with truckloads of parts hitting the floor
And all of this happened through a seamless transition
With everyone focussed on one simple mission
Streamline production, get more orders to fill
It's quite simple to structure, according to Bill
He came down from the North, to give us direction
And we have absorbed it - it's like an infection
Saving time here, and materials there
Each and every one of us doing our share
The work isn't easy, and we have to do more
But it is safe to say we've improved the score
The numbers don't lie, it's going our direction
One of these days we will hit perfection
Our customers rave about great satisfaction
And new clients too, give a great reaction
The quality of work has slashed warranty claims
Every new boat we send, puts our competitors to shame.
Now as you relax in this holiday season
Remember we are all here, for the same reason
And here we all know, what it means to be proud
For the stuff that we build is the best stuff around
Along with the fun, there is always frustration
And for this sometimes, we get compensation
Sometimes it's a boat ride, sometimes it's a meal
We enjoy these together as part of the deal
But most important of all, we all plainly see
The biggest thing here is comradery
The people we work with is where we excel
The smiles on the faces, it's not hard to tell
So as the clock ticks, and the week draws to an end
Think back on this year, and the time you did spend
The tunnel is long, but at the end is a light
Merry Christmas to all, you put up a great fight.
Bruce Robertson, QA Manager/Project Manager
August 15, 2017
From Chesapeake Bay Magazine:
The Charlestown Fire Company in Cecil County, Md., is getting its brand-new fire rescue boat next week, 15.5 years after the volunteer firefighters started trying to secure the funds.
Charlestown, on the North East River, relies heavily on being able to fight fires and respond to emergencies by boat. A lot of the nearby rural communities don't have access to fire hydrants, and a fire boat's pump is the best source of water to put out house fires.
Charlestown Fire Company also responds to frequent boat fires. In 2016, they fought three boat fires in a span of nine days, and two of those fires were bad enough to destroy the boat involved.
The fire company was one of the first responders to a disastrous collision between a freighter and a tugboat on the Elk River, which killed four people back in 2002.
The chairperson of the fire company's boat committee, Mike Walsh, tells Bay Bulletin their current fire boat, a 25-foot 1990 Sea Hawk fishing boat converted to serve their purpose, needs replacing.
Walsh, along with the company's former chief of 28 years, Ronnie Daniels, and current president, George Stanko, have been working to secure funding since November 2001. Yes, you read that correctly: they've been trying to get this new boat since 2001.
The fire company appealed to the federal and state governments for funds, and finally in 2015, received a U.S. Homeland Security Port Security Grant of about $476,000. The state of Maryland followed, with a Waterway Management Grant of $50,000.
The fire company chose a Metalcraft Marine 32 Firestorm. Metalcraft is based in Kingston, Ontario, and supplies fire boats to the majority of local jurisdictions: The City of Annapolis, Hampton Roads, St. Michaels, and Washington, D.C., to name a few.
Charlestown's long-awaited fire rescue boat will offer some major improvements from their current boat. Its all-aluminum construction allows it to stay in the water year-round. It can operate in high winds, right up to hurricane levels. It has twin outboard motors, a generator, and both heat and air conditioning in the cabin.
But its most impressive feature is the fire pump. The larger-capacity pump is stronger than those on some fire engines. It will pump up to 2,200 gallons of water per minute.
Known as Boat 5 among Cecil County's fire companies, the new fire vessel is due to leave Ontario by truck on Monday. The trip is tricky, because the narrow bridges it has to pass over will need to be temporarily shut down. The fire company hopes to have the boat put into service in a couple of weeks.
The company will sell its 1990 Sea Hawk, but keep its other existing fire company boat, a 1963 13-foot Boston Whaler, which they use to respond to emergencies on ponds or creeks. Replacing that one will be the fire company's next big goal.
-Meg Walburn Viviano
April 17, 2017
From Victoria Buzz:
A thick cloud of smoke filled the air over Victoria’s Gorge Waterway Monday afternoon after a boat burst into flames near the Selkirk Trestle.
Victoria firefighters responded to the call just after 12:30 p.m. The occupant of the vessel made it safely off the boat, and the Victoria Fire Department extinguished the fire.
It is unknown if there were any hazardous materials on board the boat. Out of precaution, the Canadian Coast Guard placed a boom around the vessel.
One person is being treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
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