ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Fire Department will soon be taking custody of its newest marine unit, a fireboat manufactured by MetalCraft Marine in Clayton, NY and Kingston, Ontario Canada.
The fire department has decided to name the 44 foot fire boat in honor of St. Louis’s Mr. Baseball, Stan Musial.
It’s official designation is Marine Unit#6, and it will stand ready for any emergency’s on the St. Louis Riverfront and the Mississippi River. The boat is capable of reaching the speed of 38 knots, pump 7,000 gallons per minute and suppress flammable liquid fires from its inline foam eduction system.
The St. Louis Fire Department bought the boat, because of the growth of the St. Louis inland ports, which is now the third largest port in the United States.