The London Fire Brigade has two new fire boats on the River Thames

The past few months have been hectic for firefighters in London, with record temperatures of 40C and wildfires making it the busiest time since World War II. While we really hope London’s fire doesn’t become the norm every summer, the brigade has unveiled two new fire boats to help the service across the city.

The two new ‘state-of-the-art’ vessels cost £1.8million each and are part of a £40million investment by City Hall. Each boat is capable of carrying up to 20 people, including the four crew members who will crew them. The ships, called Tanner and Errington, are named after World War II firefighters Gillian Tanner and Harry Errington.

The fireboats that will be patrolling the Thames are much more than just floating fire trucks. In addition to extinguishing riverside fires, they can rescue and tow ships in distress and save people and animals from the water and the riverside. Each is equipped with a high-power hose, a hydraulic crane and a thermal camera.

The new ships are fast guys, traveling at a top speed of 45 knots (51 mph), twice as fast as the old boat they replace. The Fire Dart and Fire Flash boats will be retired after 20 years of loyal service.

London Fire Marshal Andy Roe said: ‘The boats are state of the art and offer a significantly improved mass rescue capability on the River Thames, as well as the ability to fight very large fires from abreast. from the river.

‘The Thames is this amazing place; one of the busiest waterways in the world, the busiest waterway in Europe, and with some of the most important developments alongside it. So both of us need to be able to save people from the river – whether it’s a person or, as this boat can do, [20] people – or whether it’s putting out a fire from the river using this natural resource to pump water into what are often very tall buildings.

London firefighters have been ahead of the curve with the technology they use compared to other brigades across the country. Soon it will be the first brigade in the UK with a fully electric fire engine, and last year it was the first to use 64m turntable ladders to rescue people in high-rise buildings . And don’t forget those special oxygen masks for cats.

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