Our Boats

There are two boats at the Marine 1 Quarters. The "Big Boat", the John D. McKean, responds to any and all fires as well as large emergencies. The "Small Boat", our rapid response boat, responds to what are considered to be smaller emergencies (people in the water or small vessel emergencies).

The John D. McKean
(Marine 1)

Built in 1954 by John H. Mathis, Camden, NJ, for $1,426,000. The McKean is 334.75 gross tons. Her length is 129 feet, the beam is 31 feet, the draft is 9 feet, the height above water including the tower is 47 feet. She is propelled by two 1,000 HP Enterprise direct reversible diesel engines that provide a speed of 16 MPH. Two more 1,000 HP Enterprise engines drive four centrifugal pumps, with an output of 14,000 GPM. Also, in the engine room are hundreds of valves, thousands of feet of piping, air compressors, generators, a heat exchanger, a high pressure oil burner, steering motors and a workshop for constant maintenance.

The two Engineers and the Wiper are able to ready the boat for response in about a minute and a half. The 1,000 horsepower, turbo-charged propulsion engines and pumping engines are kept hot by the high pressure steam boiler, so there is no warm up time. As soon as the engines are started and the 50- kilowatt generator is put on line, we are ready to respond to an alarm. The Generator provides the ships electrical power for lights, radios and navigational electronics. The McKean holds 7,000 gallons of fuel oil, enough to operate for almost five days without refueling.

Up on the main deck, the McKean has a 5 Bow Pipe (7,500 GPM) and two manifolds (one forward and one aft), each with eight 3 outlets, four hose reels (two for 3 hose, one for 2 hose and one for 1 hose). On the aft deck there is 1,000 gallons of foam in 50 gallon drums. The forward compartment is known as the Gold Room. It stores hose fittings, nozzles, adapters, firematic tools, chain saw, partner saw, cold weather and dry suits. The locker room is just aft of the fidley. It has bunker gear, dewatering pumps (both electric and gas), first responder equipment and an oxygen/acetylene cutting torch. The aft room or foam room has a variety of foam nozzles and pick up tubes, a spare outboard motor, emergency lights, portable generator, Scott air tanks and a supply of spare Scott cylinders.

The boat deck has an electric/hyd davit to launch the 13 Boston Whaler equipped with a 40 horsepower motor. The two monitors on this deck can deliver 3,000 GPM. In the Pilot house, besides all of the navigation equipment, we have a special emergency 45 watt communication radio, thermal imaging camera and a radiation detection meter.

The next deck is over the Pilot house and has two more 3,000 GPM monitors and a high power spot light. The last of the six monitors sits up on the tower (47 above the water).

The Small Boat
(Marine 1 Alpha)

Our second boat is a quick response rescue vessel. When Marine 1 receives an alarm, we will determine which boat will respond. If the alarm is a report of a fire we will respond with the big boat (the McKean), or if we get a report of a person in the water or a small boat in distress, we will respond with the small boat. Our small boat is a 27' Safe Boat. This boat is made by Safe Boats International in Washington state.

This boat looks like an Avon boat (inflatable pontoons). The pontoons or collars on this boat are filled with rigid foam that will not fail. On an Avon type boat, if the pontoons fail, the boat will sink. The hull of this boat is sealed and pressure tested, no bilge. It is self bailing without any forward motion. This boat is unsinkable and fully functional even without the collars. The boat is propelled by two 250 horsepower, 4 stroke, Yamaha outboards. The boat skims across the top of the waves at 50 miles per hour. This speed has proven to be needed.

In the first year of service Marine 1 has saved the lives of 4 people and 2 dogs. The boat was delivered to Maine 1 in April of 2006. The electronics on this boat are state of the art, with 3 Motorola radios, to communicate with fire and police units. There are two VHF radios to communicate with Coast Guard, police boats, and other vessels on the water. A Furuno radar and G.P.S. system to guided us through fog, darkness, and into shallow water. On the bow of the boat is a small fire pump that can be used on small boat fires or under pier fires. We carry water rescue equipment to help and protect the firefighters when we have to enter the water for a rescue. Then, when we have to treat a person, we have CFR-D equipment (Certified first responder with defibrillator).


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