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Fireboat Naming Contest Finalists Announced

Good morning – please read the news release below announcing the 10 finalists in the “Name Redwood City’s New Fireboat” contest, and plan on coming to the grand unveiling of the winning name on August 10 at the Port.
Thanks,

~ malcolm

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For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013Contact:
Stan Maupin, Deputy Chief
Redwood City Fire Department
650-780-7400

Finalists Announced in “Name Redwood City’s New Fireboat” Contest Community Invited to Unveiling

Redwood  City, CA – The Redwood City Fire Department asked our community’s kids  to offer their best names for the City’s new fireboat – and more than  100 came through with a wonderful variety of entries!

The  selection committee went through every name entered, and came up with  the top ten, and from that top 10 the finalist will be chosen, to be  painted on the stern of this new, important piece of firefighting  equipment and unveiled at a special ceremony on August 10 at the Port of  Redwood City.

The top 10 finalists are:

  • Aquarius
  • Bay Sentinel
  • Gladiator
  • Guardian
  • Hephaestus
  • Lifesaver
  • Mighty Sequoian Fire Fighter
  • Redwood City Fireboat
  • Sequoia
  • Shepherd
Along  with the 10 finalists and their families, the community is invited to  join in the special ceremony unveiling the fireboat’s name: Saturday, August 10, 2013, 1 pm, at the Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Boulevard. This will be a chance for the community to get its first look at this new MetalCraft Marine FireStorm 36 fireboat – and to see its name unveiled.

The  entire cost of Redwood City’s new fireboat (nearly $1 million) was  entirely funded with a federal Homeland Security/Port Security Grant.  The grant also pays for training of existing Fire Department staff in  the operation of all aspects of this great new firefighting tool.

With  this new fireboat, the City will have the ability to better respond to  water emergencies in all weather conditions, use the newest technology  to locate vessels in distress, and enhance our firefighting capabilities  both on the shoreline and on the water. That means better, faster, and  more effective protection and ability to fight fires on or near the  shore, whether housing, businesses, boats, or ships. This also gives us the ability to attack fires from both land and water, which is of great   benefit to the community.

As  recent events have shown (the recent 6-alarm fire in Redwood City and  the jet crash at SFO), it’s impossible to predict when a fire or other  emergency will occur – but it’s clear that having sufficient equipment  and resources to respond to such emergencies and save lives is of the  utmost importance. Redwood City’s new fireboat will be available for  mutual aid response to emergencies in other communities on the Bay,  enhancing the overall safety and disaster preparedness for the region,  especially in the event of a major disaster. As the only fireboat in the  southern San Francisco Bay, this will be a key element in emergency  preparedness for our community and for our neighboring communities as  well.

The  Redwood City Fire Department thanks all the kids who entered their  favorite names for the new fireboat, and is looking forward to hosting  the special naming ceremony on Saturday, August 10, in cooperation with  the Port of Redwood City.

The Fire Department Mission Statement is: To   protect life, property, and the environment from fire, medical,  disaster, and hazardous materials related incidents through emergency  mitigation, public education and code enforcement. See the Fire Department’s web page at  www.redwoodcity.org/fire for information on fire services, fire prevention, and disaster preparation.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org    for information about the City and its services, the community,  recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood   City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting  www.redwoodcity.org/newsletters.

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