For Immediate Release
September 19, 2013
Finalists to be Announced in "Name Redwood City's New Fireboat" Contest
Redwood City, CA - The Redwood City Fire Department will demonstrate the City's new MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 36 fireboat and unveil the winner of the boat naming contest on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Boulevard, at 2pm. This will be the community's first look at the new fireboat, fully funded by a federal Homeland Security/Port Security grant, and to see the boat's name unveiled.
The Fire Department invited our community's youth to offer their best names for the City's new fireboat. The City received more than 100 entries. After reviewing all entries, the selection committee developed a top ten list. The final name will be selected from the top ten, and painted on the stern of the new firefighting equipment. Along with the 10 finalists and their families, the community is invited to join in this special ceremony and unveiling of the fireboat's name.
With this new fireboat, the City will have the ability to better respond to water emergencies in all weather conditions, using the newest technology to locate vessels in distress, and enhancing our firefighting capabilities both on the shoreline and on the water. It is anticipated that the new fireboat will give firefighters more effective means to fight fires on or near the shore and protect neighboring facilities, whether housing, businesses, boats, or ships. This fireboat gives firefighters the ability to attack fires from both land and water.
As the summer's past tragic events (the recent 6-alarm fire in Redwood City and the jet crash at SFO) have shown, having sufficient equipment and resources to respond to emergencies is essential, as is the ability for cities to help each other in times of emergency. The State recognizes these needs by providing a statewide "mutual aid agreement." Mutual aid agreements help ensure the overall safety and disaster preparedness for the region, especially in the event of a major disaster, by stipulating that participating "mutual aid cities" provide reciprocal services and assistance to each other in emergency situations. Redwood City's new fireboat is available for mutual aid emergency response in other Bay communities. As the only fireboat in the southern San Francisco Bay, this will be a key element in emergency preparedness for Redwood City and for our neighboring communities.
The Redwood City Fire Department thanks all youth who entered their favorite names for the new fireboat, and is looking forward to hosting the special naming ceremony in cooperation with the Port of Redwood City.
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Deputy Chief, Redwood City Fire Department