North Charleston to dedicate Lowcountry’s first fireboat at July 4 celebration

The North Charleston Fire Department will dedicate the Lowcountry’s first fireboat Wednesday during the city’s July fourth celebration at Riverfront Park.

The North Charleston Fire Department will dedicate the Lowcountry’s first fireboat Wednesday during the city’s July fourth celebration at Riverfront Park, the department announced.

The boat is 32 feet long and will be named in honor of retired Fire Chief W. Frank New. New led the department from 1973 to 1985.

Metal Craft Marine in Kingston, Ontario built the boat, which is powered by dual Cummins diesel engines that were manufactured by the Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in North Charleston.

The fireboat is designed to navigate shallow waters and has a top speed of up to 43 knots. The vessel also pumps more than 2,000 gallons of water a minute through four water monitors on its roof, bow and aft deck.

The dedication will start at 3 p.m.