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Boston Massport


Original Feature Posted April 26, 2004 - Re-launched January 28, 2012
Updated August 25, 2012

Marine Division  Massport Old   Massport New
Boston Fireboats
 

MARINE DIVISION

BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
MASSPORT FIRE BOATS
Logan International Airport is the largest airport in the New England area.
It is located in East Boston, essentially in the middle of Boston Harbor.
The airport is surrounded by water and all runway approaches and
departures are over Boston Harbor.

The Port of Boston and Logan Airport are protected in part by the
independent Massport Fire Department even though it is within
the city limits of Boston.

In addition to the ARFF services at the airport, Massport maintains
a marine division to support fire / rescue emergencies around the
airport and within the port of Boston.

The "old" Massport fireboat, called the "Howard W. Fitzpatrick"
was nearly identical to the Boston fireboat "Firefighter"
both built around 1971-1972.

Massport has had a number of smaller support boats
and recently commissioned a brand new fireboat
"American United" in 2011 named after two flights
that left Logan on the morning of September 11, 2011.

The Boston Fire Department also operates a Marine Unit
and works in conjunction with Massport.

 

RELATED LINKS
MASSPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT
MASSPORT COMMISSIONS NEW FIREBOAT

MASSPORT NEW FIREBOAT COMMISSIONING

Also See
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

BOSTON FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL718
BOSTON FIRE HISTORICAL

BOSTON BOAT PROJECT
NEW BOSTON BOAT

Map showing Logan Airport and surrounding bays.

 

Aerial view of the Massport  / Logan International Airport.
The Marine Division pier is located on the right side of the photo.

OLD FIREBOATS



"Howard W. Fitzpatrick"
Massport Fireboat 1
Built in 1971 by Grafton Boat Co., Inc
in Grafton, IL
78' 7" LOA, 20' 5" beam
6,000 gpm capacity
Photos 1980's
Operated by Massport at Logan Airport
Twin to the Boston Fire Department Fireboat
"Firefighter"

 

"Howard W. Fitzpatrick"
Massport Fireboat 1
After being refurbished and  repainted red and white
in 2006
Photo 2007

 

NEW FIREBOATS

"American United"
Massport Fireboat 31
Built in 2011 by A. F. Theriault & Sons
in Metegan River, Nova Scotia
79' 1" LOA, 22' 2" beam, 9' 7" draft
Aluminum Ranger 2400
(4) Caterpillar diesel engines, twin screws
Cruises at 24 knots
Rated in excess of 6,000 gpm
500 gallons of foam
Delivered October 2011
Commissioned November 21, 2011

SEE COMMISSIONING OF THE "AMERICAN UNITED"
November 21, 2011
 

 

"Marine 2"
Massport Marine Unit
2009 Moose 37.5' Catamaran Fire Boat
500 GPM
Capable of approx 40 knots

Massport Marine Unit 2
October 2011

 

Boston Massport

Marine Division  Massport Old   Massport New
Boston Fireboats

 

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