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Hike Metal Custom Built Fireboats

Custom Chicago Fire Department Fire Boat Hike Metal ProductsThis “Heavy Duty” custom designed and built Fireboat for the City of Chicago is one example of the type of Fireboats offered. In this case the vessel is designed to break up to 12 inches of first year ice at a speed of 3 knots. This enables the vessel to operate “year round”.    Although primarily a firefighting vessel, the vessel is also used for “multi-tasks”, such as diving support, search and rescue, distress response for recreational boaters, and a station pumping to supplement the Cities fire-main supply of water in the event of a major fire inland. The Fireboat normally operates with a crew of 5 but increases to 10 when firefighting. The vessel has a full galley, washrooms, medical treatment room, crew accommodations and Haz-Mat showers.

 Vessel Particulars:

  • Hull: Steel, with aluminum superstructure
  • Length: 90ft
  • Class: NFPA Type III
  • Tonnage: 300 tons
  • Propulsion: Twin 1,600hp Caterpillar diesel engines
  • Power: Two 99KW marine diesel generators
  • Maximum speed: 12 Knots
  • Fuel capacity: 2,500 gallon diesel tank
  • Foam: Two 500 gallon foam tanks
  • Fire pumps: Two 7,000 GPM pumps powered by 2-1,000hp Caterpillar Diesels
  • Monitors: Four monitors; 3 on the bow, 1 on the stern

Additional Custom Features:

  • Hydraulic stern mounted mast with monitor can be elevated to 30 ft and lowered for passage under the bridges on the Chicago River system.

View the Fire Boat Video here


Baltimore Fire Department Custom Built Fire Boat Hike Metal Products

City of Balitmore Fireboat

Vessel Particulars:

  • Hull: Steel with Aluminum superstructure
  • Length: 87ft
  • Depth of Hull: 12 feet 4 inches
  • Full load draft: 7 feet 3 inches
  • Tonnage: 140 Long Tons
  • Fuel capacity: two (2) tanks with total capacity of 2,589 gallons
  • Maximum speed: 16 knots
  • Propulsion: Twin screw, two (2) Caterpillar, 3512B diesels, rated 1,650 hp. each, @ 1,800 rpm. each turning a 61 inch, 5 blade propeller through a ZF Model 4650 reduction gear with a 3.04 to 1 ratio.
  • Fire pumps: two (2) single stage Aker Kvaerner centrifugals, rated 6500 gpm. each @ 150 psi.,each driven by a Caterpillar, C-18, in-line 6 diesel, rated 715 hp. each @ 2,100 rpm.
  • Monitors: Four (4) 2 remote operated and 2 manually operated
  • Discharge outlets: Sixteen (16) total:  (10) 2½”and (2) 5″ aft side of deck house. (3) 21/2″ and (1) 5″, at forward deckhouse.
  • Foam: 1,000 gallons of 3% concentrate, in two (2) 500 gallon tanks
  • Noise: helm and crew quarters 72 decibel (72dba) at full power

View the Fire Boat Video here


Contact Information

HIKE METAL Products Ltd.
Box 698
Wheatley, ON., Canada
N0P 2P0

Phone: 519-825-4691
Fax: 519-825-7572
E-Mail: sales@hikemetal.com