The County of Los Angeles christened its new Fire Boat 110 Wednesday, March 16th, at a dock adjacent to Burton Chace Park.
The honor of breaking the traditional champagne bottle across the boat’s bow went to Mary Anne Bradley, a local volunteer who has been so vigorous in her support of the County Marina del Rey Fire Station 110 on Admiralty Way that she is considered to be the fire station’s “den mother.”
The new fire boat has capabilities of fire response on Santa Monica Bay.
“This boat is better and faster but narrower for more maneuverability,” said County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.
County Department of Beaches and Harbors director Stan Wisniewski said that, as a small- boater, he had worried about a boat fire in the bay, but he now feels more secure with the new fire boat.
County Supervisor Don Knabe noted that Fire Boat 110 is the third fire boat to be assigned to the Marina.
“Safety is paramount to all of us,” Knabe said, pointing out that an older boat had capabilities of nine to ten knots, while the new fire boat can get up to 28 knots with ten persons on board and has a capacity of 15 personnel.
“This boat can respond to a LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) plane going down,” the supervisor said, adding, “Obviously, we hope we never have to use it that way.”