Possible New Fireboat for City of Buffalo
You may see a new fireboat cruising the local waterways next year as part of the Buffalo Fire Department. The city has put out a bid for a 30 foot aluminum firefighting boat called the FireStorm 30 which is manufactured by a company called MetalCraft Marine.
City officials were not available for an interview about the need for the new boat. But they did say it would be used for fire response, rescue, and emergency medical service during the summer months.
It would not replace the city's current fireboat, the 111 year old Edward M. Cotter, which carries the national historic designation as the world's oldest active operating fireboat. They would operate as separate units.
No bid price is specified but some published articles on the purchase of the boat in other communities mention a price of $500,000. That may depend upon equipment. The city is calling for a "custom built multi - hazard" vessel in their bid. City officials say it is expected that taxpayer covered federal Homeland Security Funding would be used.
It would also join existing emergency patrol boats from the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Erie County Sheriff's Department, and State Police. Some of those craft do not have specific firefighting equipment.