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July 3, 2024

New aluminum fireboat is deployed in California’s San Joaquin Delta. Photo by Moose Boats

Moose Boats LLC, Vallejo, Calif., a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has supplied the Woodbridge Fire District with a high-performance, custom-built M3-36 monohull. The M3 will be used as a fireboat in the San Joaquin Delta.

“The Woodbridge Fire District is an all-risk agency covering 197 square miles and approximately 500 linear miles of the San Joaquin Delta with four fire stations,” Fire Chief Darin Downey said in a statement announcing the delivery. “Our jurisdiction includes the San Joaquin River and many of the marshes and marinas between Stockton and Terminous. The new fireboat will dock at Tower Park Marina.”

The main drive is provided by two 300 hp mercury Outboard motors with a robust outboard guard including towline guides, a tow bar and an integrated tow reel.

The boat has its own fire pump that flows through two 1,500 gpm pumps. typhoon RC TFT monitors, one mounted on the cabin roof and one on the bow with VUM for connection of the attack hose. The fire pump is driven by a Volvo Penta V8 engine provides plenty of power for the Darley Pump.

The boat also features Moose Boats’ proprietary integrated dive platform door on the port side and a casualty recovery door on the starboard side.

The electronics include a Blue Ocean System Switchboard, Lifeline house and starter batteries, Furuno 14″ MFD with integrated radar, chart plotter, depth sounder and FLIR. The cabin is heated with a Webasto heating system.

Downey said the funds for the boat were approved by the county Board of Supervisors. “The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has approved funding for a new fireboat to the Woodbridge Fire District. The funds approved come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), where a large portion of the ARPA funds are dedicated to public safety.”

The M3 will respond to emergency calls in the San Joaquin Delta and islands and provide fire and rescue services. The boat will support the Coast Guard, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Departments and surrounding response partners.