Moose Boats, Vallejo, Calif., was awarded a contract recently from the City of Rochester, N.Y., Fire Department for first M2-38 fire rescue catamaran to be built for the Great Lakes.

Main propulsion for the aluminum boats will come from twin Cummins diesel engines, producing 425 hp each, connected to HamiltonJet waterjets through Twin Disc transmissions.

The Rochester Fire Department (RFD) has jurisdiction on the Genesee River and Lake Ontario. The Port of Rochester is home to over 1,000 seasonal and transient slips including the city's new marina, the Rochester Yacht Club, several private marinas, and a cement shipping terminal. The port of Rochester is also a safe harbor of refuge for the main Great Lakes shipping channel that passes in front of the port.

RFD's new Moose Boat will be equipped with a fire pump system flowing over 1,500 gpm of fire suppression water to cabin roof and cockpit mounted monitors while simultaneously maintaining full maneuverability from both propulsion engines and jets. An integrated 5"-dia. discharge will allow RFD to flow water to land-based fire apparatus where hydrant systems are not present.

The navigation and electronics suite is comprised of multifunction navigation screens, radar, 3-D side scan sonar, AIS, VHF radios, radio direction finder and a thermal imaging camera. A heavy-duty push knee will enable the M2-38 to come in contact with larger vessels and piers while the combination ladder will allow fire fighters to disembark in beach landing scenarios and facilitate dive and rescue operations from the stern.

The city of Rochester used New York State DASNY Grant funding and GSA’s Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing clause to procure the boat from Moose Boats’ GSA pricing schedule.

Rochester Fire Department's boat committee brought several specific requirements and a cohesive approach toward developing solutions with Moose Boats, the boatbuilder said. The committee opted for an extended walk-around cabin configured with three shock-mitigating crew seats, an incident command/navigation station, an 84" patient bench with EMS storage below and an integrated deck level head enclosure. Dedicated hose storage is planned for the underside of the gunwales and weather-tight enclosures in the fore deck and the aft deck will house firefighting foam and the additional valves, nozzles, tools and hardware necessary to respond to a wide range of fire and rescue scenarios.

Rochester is in Monroe County, which has the second largest number of registered boaters in the state of New York. The RFD's new vessel will work in conjunction with marine resources from Coast Guard Station Rochester, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Monroe County Sheriff Marine Unit to protect these assets and respond with neighboring marine emergency response agencies along the south shore of Lake Ontario.

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.