The city of Newburgh recently revealed its brand new $345,000 28-foot fireboat
“Marine 1” during a riverfront ceremony on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016. The vessel, which was sponsored by a federal grant and donations
from a variety of local sponsors, represents a major advancement over
the fire department’s previous 21-foot converted fishing boat.
While the previous boat was limited to only two passengers and an apparatus
that could shoot a minimal 150 gallons per minute (GPM), the new boat
can carry up to 14 passengers and output a staggering 2,000 gallons per
minute. The new boat is also equipped with a movable platform that can
more easily remove people from the water, as well as modern instrumentation
and space to administer first aid.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who was present at the fireboat’s
reveal, called it the “most sophisticated” Hudson River-based
fireboat between Albany and New York City, touting its ability to provide
aid for a wide range of emergencies throughout Newburgh and its surrounding
The fireboat is equipped to respond to a wide variety of incidents, including:
- Sinking vessels
- Drowning victims
- Oil train disasters
- Ferry accidents
- Boat fires
- Bridge jumpers
The boat was named in honor of famed Newburgh-born landscape designer Andrew
Jackson Downing, who drowned near Yonkers in 1852 when his wooden steamboat
caught fire. While there was little to no method of rescue that could
have saved Downing, the advanced technology in the city’s new fireboat
will be used to prevent others from meeting the same fate.
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