Independence (fireboat)

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The Philadelphia Fire Department started operating the fireboat Independence in 2007.[1][2] The vessel cost $5 million, $4.5 million of which came from a FEMA Port Security Grant.

On September 10, 2010, both the Independence and a smaller fireboat, the Fireboat Seven, from Westville, New Jersey responded to a dock fire in Paulsboro, New Jersey.[3][4] Fireboat Seven had arrived first, and put the fire out, without assistance. When the Independence received orders to turn around, when it was near the dock, she reversed quickly, generating a wake so large it caused fireboat seven to alide with shore-side equipment.

Westville's insurance adjuster determined that Fireboat Seven was damaged beyond repair.[3][4][5] After a failure to reach an out-of-court settlement, Westville sued Philadelphia. Philadelphia countersued. On July 30, 2014, Westville initiated a lawsuit in Federal Court. Philadelphia finally settled, on March 31, 2016, for $117,000.

Length 20.15 m (66.11 ft)
Beam, Moulded 6 m (19.69 ft)
Depth, Moulded 2.28 m (7.48 ft)
Draft 0.81 m (2.66 ft)
Power 4 x 681 kilowatt
Maximum speed 36 knots
Fire monitors
1 x 3,500 gpm (800 m³/hr) – remote controlled, and operated on a hinged lifting mast for elevated operations
1 x 1,500 gpm (343 m³/hr) – manual controls, forward
2 x 1,000 gpm (2 x 230 m³/hr) – manual controls

See also


  1. Tug designer finds 'Independence' in Philadelphia, Maritime Journal, 2008-01-27. Retrieved on 2018-09-05. “Shortly before Christmas the City of Philadelphia Fire Department commissioned ' Independence' , the new RAnger 2000 Class fireboat designed by Robert Allan Ltd and built by Derektor Shipyards of Bridgeport in Connecticut.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ranger 2000 class fireboat Independence for Philadelphia from Robert Allan Ltd., Robert Allan Limited, 2007-12-20. Retrieved on 2018-09-05. “This new fast response, shallow-draft fireboat, which is of all-welded aluminium construction, is designed to specifically address the fire fighting and rescue needs of the Philadelphia region waterfront.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jason Laday. Westville suing Philadelphia for $140K over 2010 fire boat damage, South Jersey Times, 2014-07-28. “Westville's fire boat No. 7 was dispatched to the scene, as was the Independence, a fireboat in the Philadelphia Fire Department's Marine Unit.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Barbara Boyer. Westville, Phila. battle over fire boat claim, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-07-30. “According to the lawsuit, on the evening of Sept. 16, 2010, Westville firefighters arrived first in their FB7 vessel, contained the blaze, and advised Philadelphia that further assistance was not needed from the city's boat, the Independence.”
  5. Jim Walsh. Westville's 'war' finally comes to an end, Courier Post, 2016-03-31. “England repelling the Spanish Armada in 1588. The United States smashing a Japanese fleet at Midway in 1942. And for the last six years, Westville and Philadelphia fighting over a fire boat.”