Fire boats are specialized vessels used to address potential fire emergencies on ships and ports.
The concept of fire boats dates back to the 18th century, although they were not classified as such until the 19th century.
Contemporary fireboats are powered by diesel engines and can release 12,000 gallons of water per minute.
Fireboats are equipped with pumps and hoses to address fire emergencies on shore or near the city.
Fireboats are also used to thaw and cut into ice during winter months.
They are managed by the fire department and are often loaned from the Coast Guard or Navy when needed.
Fireboats remain an important part of many societies, as they often save lives during emergency scenarios.