07/09/12 98 W, 1 I - + 6 - 6 North Charleston's New Fire Boat

'Twas dedicated on July 4. Metal Craft Marine built the 32-foot craft that's powered by a pair of Cummins diesel engines. Top speed 43 knots, and can pump over 2,000 gallons per minute through four monitors. Named W. Frank New, in honor of the fire chief. Read Post & Courier story, or see this press release. News reports say it's the first fireboat for the Charleston area. Could that be right? Seems like CFD or even the Navy might've operated one way back in the day.


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