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Port Canaveral gets funding for high-tech firefighting boat

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Port Canaveral is pictured on May 27, when six ships were in port . Six vessels are due in Thursday morning FILE PHOTO: Canaveral Port Authority
The Canaveral Port Authority will receive $1.5m in funding from the state of Florida to support the acquisition of a specialized fireboat to provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for Port Canaveral and the surrounding communities.

'Port Canaveral has grown tremendously over the last few years and we’re getting ready to homeport North America’s first LNG-powered cruise ship next year. This fireboat will greatly enhance the core capabilities of our first responders to ensure the safety and security of our port,' Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray said.

$4.6m vesssel

The 65-foot fireboat will be custom designed and built with an estimated cost of $4.6m. It will be maintained in a 24/7 ready state and operated for Port Canaveral by Canaveral Fire Rescue and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The high-tech vessel will be equipped with conventional and dry-chemical firefighting apparatus. It will have a minimum pumping capacity of 8,000 gallons per minute plus firefighting foam and a Purple-K dry-chemical firefighting system.

The vessel will also have an emergency medical treatment area and a communications system to function as an on-scene command vessel for maritime rescue operations.