Savannah, Georgia receives a new high speed fire/rescue boat

Designed and built by MetalCraft Marine

MetalCraft Marine Incorporated would like to congratulate Savannah Fire & Emergency Services on the receipt of their new Firestorm 50. The newest member of Savannah’s marine fleet is to be christened September 15, 2015. Savannah Fire & Emergency Services (SFES) is steeped in history that dates back to 1759, this was the date of the city’s first organized fire company. Today Savannah Fire is a progressive, future-focused organization comprised of more than 300 professional, fully-trained, career firefighters.

Designed and built by MetalCraft Marine, this custom aluminum fire/rescue vessel measures 50 feet 5 inches long and has a Beam of 16ft. It is a diesel-water-jet propelled boat with Twin Cummins QSM 11 engines producing 705hp each, along with, twin 364 jets from Hamilton Jet. Combined with MetalCraft’s unique hull form, this gives the vessel a top speed of 37 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 31 knots. The vessel was designed with considerable input from SFES’s expert fire-fighting personnel. This FS50 can produce 7300 gallons per minute at 150psi pumping pressure, from twin Hale pumps. The vessel is well equipped to fight both ship-board and on-shore fires, conduct search and rescue missions, supply large amounts of water to shore based assets, and operate as a mobile command center. The speed, combined with its full size patient birth area and water level recovery deck, make the Firestorm 50 ideal for EMS response and dive operations in addition to fire-fighting.

“The group from Savannah was great to work with. They knew exactly what they wanted to a high level of detail. They have also gone the extra mile and put more time and effort into training than most of our customers. I expect that this will help them run an effective, efficient program for the long term.” Eric Connell, Project Manager

“MetalCraft Marine was the right company for the job; their expertise and professionalism made the difference. The new boat performs better than what we could have ever anticipated and we are very pleased with its performance” Chief Vickers, Savannah Fire & Emergency Services

With boat building facilities in the United States and Canada, MetalCraft Marine specializes in designing and building high-performance custom aluminum workboats to meet customers’ unique mission requirements. Having built over 600 boats that have been deployed around the world, MCM takes great pride in making sure that every customer has the ideal boat for their application, and one that will last them for many years of service.

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