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Since 2002, the Department of Homeland Security has provided Port Security Grants to ports within the United States of America, to build fireboats.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] These vessels are thought to help keep the entire United States safer, because, in addition to fighting local fires, they are all equipped to help counter nuclear fallout, chemical weapons and biological weapons.

The grants are made under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.[11] The Federal Emergency Management Agency, one of the agencies under DHS, provided $100 million worth of grants in 2015.


  1. Edward Montgomery Graham, David Matthew Marchick (2006). US national security and foreign direct investment. Peterson Institute. ISBN 0-88132-391-8. 
  2. Review of the Port Security Grant Program, Department of Homeland Security, 2005-01-10.
  3. Lauren Dake. New Vancouver fireboat to be named Discovery, The Columbian, April 22, 2014.
  4. Thomas MacMillan. "Nathan Hale" hits the harbor, New Haven Independent, 2013-06-17. “The city recently purchased the Metalcraft Firestorm 36 using grant money from the federal Department of Homeland Security. The vessel will be used by the fire and police departments for dousing fires on sea and on the shore, and search and rescue operations.”
  5. Nancy Guenther Chapman. New Norwalk Fire Boat Increases Homeland Security, Norwalk Daily Voice, 2012-10-24. “It was ordered in 2009 and fully paid for by a Port Security Grant through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, Norwalk Fire Department Lt. Steve Popadoulos said. It was shipped from Oregon and delivered to Cove Marina two weeks ago.”
  6. Taylor Stuck. New boat adds to the region's emergency response on river, The Herald-Dispatch.
  7. Greg Smith. After Sept. 11, port security a regional priority, The Washington Times, 2014-09-21. “The money obtained through the grants has paid for equipment ranging from surveillance cameras and fences at State Pier in New London to patrol boats for police and fire departments, such as a $700,000 state-of-the-art firefighting boat at the Mystic Fire Department.”
  8. Pumped up: Fire boat deployed for firefighting drill, Westport News, 2014-07-29. “The fire boat, which has a pumping capacity of 2,300 gallons of water per minute, "had no problem" supplying a water deed to the pumper, which can pump 1,500 gallons per minute, fire officials reported in a statement.”
  9. Harold F. Cobin. City Christens New Fireboat [Video: The 38-foot-long Robert L. Bedell was built in Oregon.], Norwalk Patch, 2012-11-26. “Besides the abililty to fight fires, the Bedell is outfitted with sensors that can detect chemicals or radiation. The grant from FEMA requires that it participate in homeland security operations on Long Island Sound.”
  10. Meet Norwalk's New Fire Boat !, Norwalk Cove, 2012-10-22. “The aluminum boat, which was constructed by the Almar division of North River Boats in Roseburg Oregon, was delivered to Norwalk Cove Marina yesterday. North River personnel were familiarizing Norwalk Fire staff on the complex systems today before handing over the boat.”
  11. Fiscal Year 2015 Port Security Grant Program. FEMA (2015).