ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Fire Department has received a new a fire boat to allow them take part in water rescues.
Marine 1 was christened at Jennings Landing, formerly known as Riverfront Park, Wednesday. The department received the boat earlier this summer. They were able to get the boat through a federal support security grant.
The 30 foot fireboat is equipped with a high-powered hose and equipment for medical emergencies. The fire chief say the boat allows them to better respond to water emergencies.
"Using state of the art technology, radar, GPS, sonar, depth finder and inferred cameras to locate citizens and vessels in distress and enhance our fire saving capabilities. Both on the shore line and on the water," said Albany Fire Chief Robert Forezzi.
The fireboat can hit a top speed of 45 miles per hour and rescue more than a dozen people at a time. It'll provide service to communities on both sides of the river.