After seven years of planning, the Newport Fire Department received its new fire and rescue vessel on April 25. The boat will replace an 18-year-old 22-foot rigid hull inflatable that lacks firefighting capabilities on water, with a 37- foot, jet-propelled catamaran with firefighting, rescue and anti terrorism functions. The vessel arrived at the Newport Shipyard and was put in the water at approximately 2:30 p.m., after which it left for Perrotti Park.
There, Fire Captain Donald Gunning was inspecting the vessel and unpacking electronic equipment. “We have to get all the systems up and running to make sure they all work,” he said.
Firefighter Greg Morash said, “the Newport Fire Department will begin a month-long training session for firefighters, with the boat, beginning April 28.” Morash traveled to California during the fireboat’s construction, in addition to his attendance at sea trials.