16 June 2020
All you need to know about Airport and Fire rescue Boats
Whether it’s firefighting departments of areas located near the water or airports located near the water or on an island, airport & fire rescue Boats are necessary to have in case of fire emergencies, airport rescue emergencies with casualties transportation. We are discussing both RIBs in this blog as they are very similar.
Firefighting RIB Boats
A firefighting or a fire rescue boat is designed in a way to meet the special requirements of a fire rescue boat. A firefighting rescue RIB boat must have a fire pump located at the forefront of the bow to extinguish the fire as well as a life raft that can be easily deployed into the water in emergency situation. These are the two most important must-have features. As for the rest, it is up to the agency’s operational requirements; to have a cabin or not, the number of engines although twin-engine is recommended, the accessories and electronics.
Besides opting for a RIB Boat because of their lightweight, speed and manoeuvrability, the firefighting boat pumping capacity is a crucial element as mentioned above. The OCM fire rescue boat is capable of pumping 1325L/min at 10 bar pressure and 9.8ft lift. Moreover, it pumps water directly from below the hull, so it effectively has an unlimited supply of water available. The monitor rotates 360 degrees and has a vertical movement of 90 to 45 degrees horizontal and a reach of up to 65.6ft. It also has additional features that are added advantages to the fire rescue crew: A diver notch which is an opening in the tube allows one to smoothly rescue someone from the water by transporting them into the boat with ease and less pain and a customized stand integrated on stainless steel A frame that hold the life rafts in a manner that is space and operation efficient. OCM fire rescue boats can also be equipped with self deploying SOLAS approved life raft and a self-righting system.
Airport Rescue RIB Boats
For the airport rescue boats only the life raft is a must-have feature. The rest depends on the specifications and requirements of each airport. However, some airports do ask to have a fire pump installed.
The ideal type of RIB Boat for an airport close to the water would be a an Amphibious RIB boats as it will increase the response time which is crucial in case of emergencies with lives at stake thanks to a fast launch into the water, the ability to traverse obstacles and to be operated by one operator.