01/31/11 193 W - + 5 - 5 Charlotte's New Fire Boat

From the Charlotte Fire Department's You Tube channel, here's some footage of their recently delivered Fire Boat 38. The Response FR-30J is a 30-foot craft with a welded aluminum hull, built by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, NH. The boat will substantially increase response capabilities in and along Lake Wylie. It can also be transported by trailer to other area lakes as needed.

Fire Station 38 is located at 12100 Shopton Road West and includes a three-bay boat house on the water. (See small photo of the boat house on this station page.) Says this page found on Google, the boat house has been used to house a dive rescue pontoon boat, a wildlife officer's boat, and a citizen's patrol boat owned by CMPD.

Neat boat and great clip. Love the hard-rockin' soundtrack! And what's that steam-stack in the background? Nuclear plant? Next question, so how many other 30-foot or larger fire boats are operated either inland or at the coast in North Carolina? We've blogged about Wilmington's fireboat history before. Cornelius-Lemley FD in Mecklenburg County has a 33-footer for use on Lake Norman. Who else has big boats?

Couldn’t find the length of Morehead City’s boat, which they received about three years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/5.. That’s a Lee Wilson pic.
Legeros - 01/31/11 - 08:55

The steam stack is probably Allen Steam Station a coal fire steam powered power plant. It appears similar to the one at Marshall Steam Plant on Lake Norman.
Chad (Email) - 01/31/11 - 09:00

U sure about that Chad? Dook power has a nuclear plant near there…
Chuck - 02/02/11 - 21:20

You’ve got Mc Guire Nuclear on Lake Norman to the north and Catawba Nuclear on Lake Wylie on the south side.
Luke - 02/03/11 - 23:27

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