Los Angeles Fireboat 4 - Bethel F. Gifford

Los Angeles purchased Fireboat No. 4 as a part of a master plan for long-range port protection. The boat is rated at 9000 gpm at 150 psi and carries 550 gallons of foam solution for petrochemical fires. Its super maneuverability features includes the capability of moving side-to-side and back-and-forth by means of jet-stream nozzles. The boat, commissioned in 1962, was later renamed the Bethel F. Gifford in honor of the late LAFD battalion chief whose research and efforts were primarily responsible for the fireboat's innovations.





Length 76' 6"
Beam 24'
Draft 7'
Top Speed 13 MPH

Engines
Propulsion (2) Caterpillar 3412 C
diesel turbo charged V-12
Main Pumps (2) Caterpillar 3412 C
diesel turbo charged V-12
Aux Pumps (2) Caterpillar 3406 C
diesel turbo charged in line 6
Main Gen Cummins diesel in-line 6
Foam Pump Perkins diesel 4 cylinder

Pumps
Main (2) De Laval 2 Stage
3000 G.P.M. @150 P.S.I.
Aux (2) De Laval 2 Stage
1500 G.P.M. @150 P.S.I.

Turrets
Bow SCUM 3000 G.P.M. Foam & H20 Turret
Pilot House SCUM 3000 G.P.M. Foam & H20 Turret
Stern Main Deck 2000 G.P.M.
Stern Quarter Deck (2) 1000 G.P.M. Monitors

Bulwark Nozzles (12) Each 500 G.P.M. Spray Tips
Bow Manifold (4) 2-1/2” Outlets, (1) 4" Outlet
Port Manifold (2) 4” Outlets, (4) 2-1/2” Outlets
Starboard Manifold (2) 4” Outlets, (4) 2-1/2” Outlets
Underwharf Nozzles Forward Port & Starboard
Stang spray tips, 2500 G.P.M. each
Foam System Foam Pump and 2000 Gallons of ATC Foam

Propulsion & Steering
Propellers (2) KaMeWa Variable-Pitch
Maneuvering Jets (4) 2" Outlets
Rudders (2) Electro-Hydraulic Controled



Additional Information:

LAFIRE.COM / Historical Archive

 

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