Vigor Fab to construct fireboat for San Francisco Fire Department

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department. Construction of the 88’x’25x’14’ vessel will begin this fall in Seattle.

Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, the fireboat will have a top speed of 11.5 knots in full load condition and accommodate up to three crew members and four firefighters aboard the vessel. The fireboat engines are EPA Tier 3 certified Cummins QSK19-M, which have a maximum engine horsepower of 750 bhp at 1800 rpm. Its firefighting system consists of six Stang fire monitors, which will be supplied with water and foam from three 6,000 gpm fire pumps.

“We look forward to working with Vigor on this project and also to the day the new boat will be on the water protecting the people of San Francisco,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Kyle Merkins of the San Francisco Fire Department’s Division of Homeland Security.

“We’ve been aggressively ramping up our ability to fabricate complex vessels. This project is an excellent opportunity to put that preparation into action for our customer,” said Bryan Nichols, director of sales at Vigor Fab, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial

The fireboat is scheduled to be delivered to the SFFD by fall 2015.

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