Written by Tab Hauser, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00Port Washington fire boat, 85 Marine 1, was launched on the North Hempstead Town Dock Sunday August 11th in front of about 100 spectators, fireman and politicians.
Bob Kropacek, Chairman of the PW Fire Department, told the onlookers, “In recent years the PWFD has seen increased calls for assistance on local waterways surrounding the Port Washington peninsula.”
The calls for assistance have consisted of boat and dock fires, and EMS calls. He went on to say that the equipment that the PWFD had was “ill equipped” to handle such emergencies and as a result a committee was formed in February of 2011 to investigate and purchase a fire-rescue boat to handle emergencies. The committee selected a twin engine 27’ Boston Whaler capable of speeds of 40 MPH. It can pump 1250 gallons of water per minute from its bow and aft mounted hoses. It can also send out foam when needed.
The opening ceremony consisted of citations from Leslie Gross, Dina de Giorgio, Wayne Winke and the Nassau fire marshals. It also consisted of the boat and crew blessing by the fire department chaplain followed the boat being sprayed with champaign. Fire Boat 85 Marine 1 was then showered by two Port Washington fire trucks parked on the dock before it cruised a short way off the town dock where it shot out red, white and blue water from its hoses for the crowd.