A boat that is specifically equipped to take care of any fire emergencies arising on ships and on ports.
WHAT IS A FIRE BOAT?
Operated by diesel engines, fireboats on an average can let-off 45,000 lts of water per minute.
A typical fire boat is around 125 feet long, with a beam of 25 feet and a draft of 7 feet.
Fire boats are generally operated with the help of pumps and hoses, and can travel at a speed of 14 knots.
Besides extinguishing fires, the vessels are also used to thaw and cut into ice during winter months.
The boats can carry doctors and paramedics along with fire-fighters during any emergency.
They can also act as escort vehicles to visiting ships belonging to dignitaries.
Processions are carried out to demonstrate how the concept of a fireboat works.