Nichols To Build New Seattle Fireboat

Seattle's new fireboat, designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates, is being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash., and will carry an A.B.S. classification when completed in mid-1984.

The 96-foot by 23-foot by 7-foot aluminum hull and superstructure is capable of 28 knots powered by three GM 16V92 TI engines through twin-disc Omega MG530M, 3:13 to 1 gears with 42-inch-diameter by 55-inch-pitch propellers.

The three 2,500-gpm fire pumps are driven off the front P.T.O. of each main. There are three manual controlled monitors: two 4-inch, one 6-inch and one 8-inch. Also included in the seawater fire-fighting system are two forward 4-inch underwharf monitors as well as a stern thruster P/S. The boat also contains 300 gallons of foam for fire fighting.

The boat is also equipped for rescue with a small boat stored in a ramp built into the stern and an emergency medical room with a setup equal to on-shore first-aid mobile units.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Nov 1983 Jim Casteleyn

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