New Fire Safety Boat in N.Y. Get Call on Maiden Voyage

Aug. 2, 2013
It took Albany three years to get a new fire boat but it got its first call when it was in the water for testing for the first time.

Aug. 02--ALBANY -- The Albany Fire Department waited three years for its new fire boat, but it only took a few hours for it to be put to use.

The 37-foot-long craft, which can do everything from put out fires to combat spills, arrived Wednesday. It was launched into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon for a test run.

Around 2:30 p.m., while a few deputy chiefs and other firefighters were training on the boat for the first time, testing its radar, GPS and other features, a call for help came in just south of the Port of Albany, Fire Chief Robert Forezzi said.

"A 43-foot-yacht had lost its steering capacity," Forezzi said.

Within minutes, the newly minted boat was pulling the yacht safely back to its dock.

"They were just out doing the acceptance test and happened to get a call," Forezzi said.

The boat was paid for with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. It's the first of its kind for the fire department.

Forezzi said the vessel will have a rescue and dive team as well as hazmat equipment and a thermal imaging camera to help after dark.

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Copyright 2013 - Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

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