Vigilance – Photo courtesy from Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach introduces their second new technically advanced fireboat, “Vigilance” Monday morning with a dockside ceremony at the Joint Command and Control Center (JCCC).

“Vigilance” joins her sister vessel “Protector,” dedicated in June 2016, as the two most powerful fireboats in the world.   Replacing “Challenger” and “Liberty” which began service in the late 1980s and were designed in an era of vessels carrying 4,500 containers.  Today the largest vessel that has come into the Long Beach port carried 18,000 containers, and the port regularly services 14,000 container vessels with much larger ships expected in the future.

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Monday’s breakfast ceremony was dedicated in honor of the late Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Dr. John Kashiwabara, a Korean War veteran and the first Japanese American named to the Board who served as a commissioner from 1996-2002.  Dr. Kashiwabara passed away in 2010.

Mayer Robert Garcia

Mayor Robert Garcia, Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum, Port Executive Director Mario Cordero, and Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee were present at the ceremony to introduce the “Vigilance” as the vessel demonstrated a fantastic water display in Long Beach Harbor.

“Vigilance” and its twin “Protector” are equipped with 10 water cannons capable of extinguishing fires in the harbor or on nearby land with more than 41,000 gallons per minute — four times the output of the previous fireboats.  They can shoot water the length of two football fields, and higher than a 20-story building.

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The fireboats have a suite of other emergency response features, including facilities for medical treatment, a Command Information Center (CIC), boom deployment to contain spills and an onboard crane.  They can also assist with chemical, biological and nuclear threats.

“We’re proud of the ‘Vigilance’,” says Mayor Robert Garcia.  “The ‘Vigilance’ is state-of-the-art and will be able to provide the best public safety that we can ask for at this port and throughout the region.  Ports are always vulnerable to issues around security and national security.   It’s an important investment for us when it comes to public safety.”

Water Cannon Display
Water cannons aboard “Vigilance”
Fireboat “Vigilance”
Vigilance shooting its water cannons.