LAFD Harbor Station #112 Fireboat Marine 2 BNIB


Los Angeles Fire Department
High Performance Fireboat
ROBERT ALLAN LTD. Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
Length Overall 105'
Beam 29'
Depth 13' 4"
Maximum Speed 13 knots Pumping Capacity 38,000 US gpm total
Fuel 16,230 gallons
Fresh Water 500 gallons
Fi-Fi Foam 6,000 gallons
Crew 4-6 persons
Fire-Fighters 12 persons

The City of Los Angeles recently spent nearly 12 million dollars to purchase four world-class Fireboats. These boats were replacements for the aging fireboat fleet. One of these boats replaced the Ralph J. Scott which was the predecessor to the Warner L. Lawrence. The Lawrence serves the 8000 acre Port of Los Angeles (POLA). The POLA has 43 miles of waterfront, 27 terminals, numerous subsurface pipelines carrying a wide variety of petrochemicals, recreational facilities, and ecological preserves.

The POLA is considered a "gateway to the world" . Ships from all around the world routinely dock at the port's terminals. The POLA provides services to 12 cruise lines who carry approximately one million travelers per year. T are slips for about 6000 pleasure boats of various sizes.

Nearly 104 billion dollars annually, pass over the wharves of Los Angeles. The port activity

Port of Los Angeles Map

The Boat

Photo by John Gregory, Staff Photographer

Why make the world's most powerful fireboard? LAFD Assistant Chief, John D. Badgett wrote in the Los Angeles Fire Department Newsletter "Fire Watch", "The new boats are the result of a ten-year, joint effort project between the Fire Department and the Port of Los Angeles. It began with a focused need assessment. This process researched the current and projected future port protection role of the Fire Service in the port area, including the possibility of responding beyond the port's limits as needed. The port's hazards, potentials, and expansion projects were studied in close detail. The entire port area was divided into hazard types, and then further refined into specific hazards. The target hazards were then measured for fire flow, fire stream reach, potential Firefighting Foam requirements, alternate water source needs and a wide range rage of other criteria." Once this was accomplished, the data was compared against our existing Fireboat capabilities, and the potential for enhancement, or reduction was carefully studied. On completion, a list of equipment and capabilities required to address the port's needs was developed. This list included items such as Firefighting Foam capacities and flow rates, on board EMS facilities, SCUBA program needs, towing capabilities, improved water supply ability and many many others."

Chief Badgett continues, "Once all of these issues were addressed, the platform that would best carry the equipment and address our delivery requirements was researched. Among the top priorities of the new boar were the overall strength, longevity, technological superiority, and a wide range of enhanced capabilities. Ultimately, Marine Architects and specialists were hired to formally develop the Department's specifications, and the new large and small boats became a reality."

The Warner L. Lawrence was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, BC and built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, WA. Boat plans can be download directly from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders; click to download the plans. Acrobat is required.

Chief John D. Badgett wrote, "Nichols Brothers Boat Builders was chosen because of their experience in building large Fireboats and Tractor Tugs. The boats design was chosen because of its tried and true reputation in the work boat industry."

The boat is b...

... read more