James City County Fire and Rescue Boat is Put into Service - 06/05/00
June 5, 2000
James City County Fire Department
5077 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
The James City County Fire Department has had a marine rescue operation since 1984. In the early 1990’s, the department began to identify a need for additional support for marine firefighting capabilities, and the need for a fixed hull boat for use on the James and Chickahominy Rivers. Money was appropriated in the FY 99-00 budget year to purchase the proposed craft. The boat was ordered in October of 1999 and delivered to the department in March of 2000.
Boat 3 is a Boston Whaler, 25 feet in length. It is powered by twin 150 hp outboard engines. The top cruising speed for the craft is 55 miles per hour. The fuel tank is capable of holding enough fuel to allow the craft to stay in action for 6 to 8 hours. The boat is equipped with a fire pump rated to pump 250 gallons of water per minute. The cost of the boat was $90,545.00.
The primary mission of the craft will be to support the marine firefighting and rescue operations of the James City County Fire Department. The missions include Open Water Rescue, Dive Team Operations, and Marine Firefighting.
The boat is also equipped with state-of-the-art depth measuring equipment, and GPS location electronics, radar, and firefighting equipment.
The Fire Department Dive Team is composed of 14 Firefighters and Paramedics. Four of the members are with the Williamsburg Fire Department.