August 20, 2018
Here is a good video of the FDNY's MetalCraft Marine vessel assisting at a Brooklyn Warehouse fire.
June 04, 2018
Another instance of a MetalCraft Marine vessel responding to a marina fire.
A 69-foot yacht moored at the Isles of Capri Marina, north of Marco Island, caught fire Monday with flames spreading to two smaller boats, authorities said.
Crews from the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District and Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department responded to the blaze at 12:13 p.m., said Nolan Sapp, assistant chief for Greater Naples.
"They've got it knocked down, but they're still doing fire attack," he said early Monday afternoon.
The fire appears to have sparked on the large yacht and spread from there to two smaller cabin cruisers, 28 feet long and 30 feet long, Sapp said.
"They were moored next to the big one," he said.
No one was hurt in the blaze, and the cause of the fire is not yet known. Greater Naples Fire officials are investigating the fire, Sapp said. Depending on their findings, the state fire marshal may investigate, he said.
Sapp said two of the three boats, including the large yacht, are a total loss. He estimated the total damage to be close to $1 million.
Using booms to create a barrier around the boats, a private contractor worked to keep fuel contained to the area, Sapp said.
"We don't want the fuel to contaminate the bay area," he said.
May 23, 2018
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.