HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington Fire Department has been awarded a $569,322 grant from FEMA to purchase a firefighting boat, trailer, and truck to protect the Port of Huntington-Tristate, which is the largest inland water port in the United States.
Mayor Steve Williams say the boat will be the only firefighting capable vessel within 100 miles.
The boat will be 35 ft. long, 9 ft. wide and will have a top speed of about 35 knots or 40 mph. It will feature three water cannons, foam capabilities and include a sealable cabin that will allows it operate in chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive environments.
Other features of the boat include radar and sonar units, a Forward Looking Infer-Red (FLIR) camera that can see at night and also works like a thermal imaging camera, a stable platform for dive rescues, an EMS work area with a patient bench, onshore firefighting assistance by supplying water through hoses to firefighters or supplying fire trucks with water hundreds of feet away.
“The amount of commerce that is shipped on the Ohio River through our city has millions of dollars of economic impact for the Tri-State Region. Because the Port of Huntington is the largest inland water port in the nation, it is imperative that the City of Huntington’s Fire Department be equipped to properly protect our waterways from any fire, hazardous spill, or catastrophic event. Our City’s greatest unprotected risk has now been removed,” said Williams.