Showcase: St. Paul (Minn.) Has New Marine Response Unit


  • Unit Type: Boat
  • Year: 2013
  • Manufacturer: Response Marine, Inc.
  • Chassis Manufacturer:
  • Model: FR-31J
  • Engine: Twin Mercury Verado, 250 hp Jet/Fire System
  • Transmission: NA
  • Pump: American Turbine jet
  • Tank: NA
  • Generator: Kohler 7.5 kW
  • Aerial: NA
  • Location: MN

The Response FR-31J design and outfitting were developed in partnership with the St. Paul Fire Department to suit the department’s protection mission on the Mississippi River.

Machinery outfitting is nearly identical to the FR-32J though there are differences in the electronics and fire fighting equipment. Primary differences are the elimination of the roof monitor, the addition of on-board foam tankage, and the addition of a forward cockpit.

Instead of the traditional forward cuddy cabin which provides stowage volume and shelter, the St. Paul Fire Department elected to have a forward cockpit. On the protected waters of the upper Mississippi this forward work area will be a valuable attribute for facilitating rescue and firefighting operations from the forward section of the boat.

Some of the equipment specifications for the new water craft is a follows:

Response FR-30J Hull Type: Modified Vee Hull Construction: Welded Aluminum ½”, 3/8”, ¼” & 3/16” 5086 marine plating

Mission: Firefighting & Rescue LOA (hull): 31' 0" Beam: 10' 2", not including rub rails

Draft (hull): 1' 9' Displacement: 13,000 lbs.

Main Propulsion: Twin Mercury Verado, 250 hp Jet/Fire System : Kodiak 6 liter engine w/ American Turbine jet

Fuel Capacity: 200 gal.

Crew: 2 to 6

Top Speeds: 42 mph with outboards only 48 mph with outboards & jet Auxiliary Equipment

Air Conditioning & Heat: Cruisair & Valad

Electric Bow Thruster: Side Power SE-60

Davit: Radial Arm w/ 2 sockets & 500# winch

Doors: Aluminum 2000 & Diamond Sea Glaze Dive Door: (2) Side dive doors w/ integral steps

Fire Monitors: (1) Elkhart Scorpion, 2,000 gpm, electric remote (1) Elkhart Stinger, 1,250 gpm Fire Hose Outlets: (1) 90° Swivel x 5” Storz (2) 2 ½”

Fire Valves: Elkhart Brass

Firefighting Foam: 35 gal permanent tank

Generator: Kohler 7.5 kW

Jet/Pump Valve and Steering: 12 volt Hydraulic

Navigation & Infrared: Lowrance & FLIR

Seats: Bostrom Torsion

Radios: Motorola & Lowrance

Warning Lights & Siren Whelen