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(naval architecture)
A vessel similar to a tug but fitted with fire-fighting apparatus.



a vessel used to extinguish fires on vessels and along the waterfront. Fireboats are equipped with pumps that deliver water to fixed turntable monitors or hose pipelines. Pumps may be driven by special motors or by the fireboat’s propelling motor. The delivery of the pumps is 200 to 1,000 m3/hr. There are between two and eight turntable monitors, which are generally installed on the bow, stern, and superstructure of the vessel. It is possible to operate the turntable monitors by remote control. Tanks filled with foam-generating substances allow fireboats to extinguish fires involving petroleum and petroleum products on tankers and in coastal storage facilities. Spraying pipe systems are installed around the hulls of fireboats to allow the boats to come very close to burning objects. The seagoing fireboat General Gamidov of the USSR has a displacement of about 1,000 tons and eight turntable monitors, which have a total delivery of 4,000 m3/hr and can send water between 100 and 120 m. The combined water-and-foam fire-extinguishing system can deliver to the scene of a fire as much as 3,400 m3 of foam within 15 min. The cruising speed of the vessel is 17 knots (31.4 km/hr).

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The fire boat managed to bring it back and we continued to fight the fire but, unfortunately, the boat sank.
The canal fire boat, aptly named the Fire Queen, was commissioned and built in 1912 for the then Cardiff Corporation.
As the incident was above the barrage no lifeboat could be utilised in that location so the fire service attended using their fire boat.
Because the pier is on the other side of the river and not easily accessible on foot, the fire service brought in a fire boat from Tyne and Wear to put it out.
A Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he served as officer in charge on a fire boat.
After receiving a call from a member of the public, a lifeboat and a fire boat were launched to effect the rescue.
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We would row down the Tees as far as the Transporter Bridge, moor near the fire boat base and have tuition in styles of boat builds, knots, components of crafts, etc.
The police helicopter located the man on the river bank outside the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle, but as officers approached the man, he jumped into the Tyne but was rescued by the fire boat.
Lembeck and the children - with willowy Jack already standing taller than his 6-foot-3-inch dad - were with Leary last August when he presented a new fire boat to the Boston Fire Department, a gift of the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
One fire engine, a swift water rescue team and fire boat attended the scene and conveyed the three men by mud sled to the Quayside and the boat was retrieved at high tide.
He began his career with Cleveland Fire Brigade, serving as a firefighter for six years at Billingham Fire Station and Marine Station at Middlesbrough as a leading firefighter, where he crewed the fire boat Cleveland Endeavour up to 1984.