The City of Pittsburgh selects Lake Assault to build fireboat

Line drawing of Lake Assault Pittsburgh boat.

Lake Assault Boats, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has been chosen to construct a 34-foot fireboat by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fireboat will respond to emergencies and help manage fires on waterways, waterfronts, rail lines and marinas that lie along the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, which join together in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. The contract is valued at more than $540,000. The craft will be delivered in summer 2017.

“We are thrilled to be appointed by the City of Pittsburgh and its Equipment Leasing Authority to engineer and construct this extremely powerful fireboat to protect resources that lie along the city’s iconic riverfront areas,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “Our team is especially excited to manufacture the first fireboat in its class capable of pumping up to 3,000 gallons of water per minute.”

The 34-foot fireboat is a deep V-hull configuration, with an 11-foot overall beam. The boat will be powered by twin Yamaha F300 4.2L V-6 outboard motors, capable of a top speed greater than 40 mph.

The firefighting system features a compact Hale 80FC pump flowing up to 3,000 gpm, which is powered by a dedicated 6.6L Duramax V-8 diesel engine. The fire pump includes a six-inch main discharge that feeds a number of outlets, including bow- and stern-mounted TFT Hurricane monitors, each capable of flowing 1,250 gpm.

The 11-foot-long pilot master cabin features excellent outward visibility and includes a 15,000 BTU rooftop AC unit, an adjustable (and full suspension) operator’s seat, additional bench seating, SCBA mounting brackets, a chart table with storage and a cuddy cabin for general storage.

Maritime Editorial