MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - When you think of fire safety, you might think of how to safely escape a burning building or to ‘stop, drop, and roll' but what about fire safety on the water?
Mobile Fire-Rescue's Phoenix fireboat is ready to respond to any emergency on the water and to assist on land.
The Phoenix is one of a kind in Mobile. Commissioned in 2004, it's Mobile's first fireboat that was actually built as a fireboat. Its predecessors were retrofitted made to firefight.
The Phoenix was built by Silver Ships in Theodore. At 40 feet, the aluminum fireboat houses 4,350 horse power engines: two for propulsion and two for water pumps.
"The pumps will pump 2,000 gallons a minute each, so we have a total of 4,000 gallons a minute pumping capacity," said boat pilot David Dunnam.
Dunnam said its pumping ability is not just made for the boat itself.
"We can supply 4,000 gallons a minute to any land-based firefighting operating to a truck, a pumper or ladder," Dunnam said.
Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesperson Steve Huffman said because it pumps from the river itself, it won't run out of water supply, enabling land-based operations to continue.
"It's primarily used on the water front for anything that is inaccessible. Also, unlimited water supply because the water boat because the fire boat obviously draws from the river itself. So it's got a lot of capabilities that can be used on land as well as on water," said Huffman.
Fire officials said those pumps are powerful.
Days of operating the main stream by hand is a thing of the past. Now, with today's technology, it can all be operated by remote control.
Recently, we saw the fire boat in action when two barges docked in Mobile River exploded throughout the night. The Phoenix was there to aid, but not for long.
"The original idea was they were going to go up to it and put water on it. But because of the explosions that occurred, we didn't know how many more (may occur), the decision was made to back them off as well," Huffman said.
Even though it has an unlimited supply of water, The Phoenix is equipped with a 250 gallon tank. Officials said they must be careful not to run out of fuel.
"If our main propulsion engines break, we can still get home on our pumps. It's not real efficient, but we can do it," Dunnam said.
The Phoenix will respond to the river, parts of the bay and other immediate surrounding areas.
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