Sunday June 12th 2016, phone alarm in to the Brooklyn CO for a brush fire. 2 Engines & Marine 3 were initially assigned to determine the exact location. Eng.309 reported seeing a large cloud in the area of Plumb Beach off the Belt Pkwy & Flatbush Ave. When the location & size were determined, Eng.309 requested the full assignment to be transmitted. This location proved difficult for land units due to it’s remote location. Marine 3 initially thought they would have difficulty in shallow draft to flow enough water. Upon arrival of the 33 Battalion, the All Hands was transmitted with request for an additional Engine & Truck. Seconds later, Eng.323 which was positioned in the Marina, reported the fire threatening the Marina, they needed help. Brooklyn informed Marine 3 the additional Engine & Truck assigned were to go to their location, but Eng.323 said “We need more than that!” Marine Division had assigned Marines 3, 6, 8 & 9. This fire reached 7 Alarms including the use of the NYPD Bambi Bucket and special called BFU’s and Staten Island apparatus for use of their forestry hose.
While searching for good hydrants near by, the Fire Boats were once again a great source of supply for water. Once they overcame the shallow draft, the boats were able to flow their own master streams but also provide a positive water supply for hand lines which were stretched to the boat. This isn’t the first time our Fire Boats replaced the land water system. On 9/11/01, the collapse took out the water grid and the land units relied heavily on the Fire Boats to supply a positive water source.
Fire Boat William Feehan is a 2015 Metalcraft Firestorm 70. It has 3 C-18 Caterpillar Engines at 1,150 hp each. The pumps are 2 Darley Model ZSP 3,000 gpm @ 150 psi that can dispense foam to one or both pumps.