Huntington Fire Department Dediates New Grant Obtained Boat

Brianna Cregut (pictured below), a fifth-grade student at Meadows Elementary School, got a sneak peek at the Huntington Fire Department's new firefighting vessel Tuesday
Brianna Cregut (pictured below), a fifth-grade student at Meadows Elementary School, got a sneak peek at the Huntington Fire Department's new firefighting vessel Tuesday
The Huntington Fire Department unveiled its new firefighting vessel Thursday at Harris Riverfront Park.

The Hartz-Booth Memorial Vessel (aka Marine Co. 1) will serve as a regional response vessel along approximately 64 miles of the Ohio River between the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam and the Greenup Locks and Dam. This stretch is part of the Port of Huntington Tri-State, which is the largest inland port in the United States.


The city received a $569,100 federal Port Security grant to purchase the state-of-the-art boat.

The vessel will greatly enhance the Port of Huntington’s regional maritime security and will strengthen its response to rescue operations and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents. The Huntington Fire Department currently provides response on the Ohio River using a converted pleasure watercraft that lacks capabilities for emergency maritime operations.

The vessel is 36 feet in length and is equipped with the following features:
-- Climate-controlled pilothouse with a dual ventilation system, air-lock entries and positive cabin air pressurization that will provide a toxic-free area.
-- Dive/rescue door, making it easier to bring victims on board.
-- Chemical warfare agent detectors
-- Fire-suppression system capable of 1,500 gallons per minute at 150 PSI.
-- GPS enhanced radar and marine thermal imaging equipment
-- Forward Looking Infrared camera that can assist search crews by detecting a lost person’s heat signature.
-- On-board radio system with multi-agency capabilities.

The vessel is named after Lt. Leonard Hartz and Firefighter William Ernest Booth, who were among five people who perished in a tragic accident on the Ohio River in 1948. Thursday marked the 66-year anniversary of the accident.
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