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Tip of the Day: Marine VHF

Your marine VHF radio is the BEST way to contact the Coast Guard in the event of an emergency. While it is nice to have a cellular telephone in some cases the marine VHF radio is the preferred and best way to contact the Coast Guard when your vessel is in distress.

Salisbury, Md. (July 3, 2012)— Local officials and residents of Salisbury came out to show their excitement and support for the official christening of the M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and boat at a ceremony on June 23 at the Port of Salisbury. With both fire and medical , the 36-foot MetalCraft Marine, Inc. boat is ready to provide rapid response to along the Wicomico and surrounding rivers.

M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and rescue boat

M/V Michael J. McMullen fire and

“In all, the boat provides state of the art performance in fire, rescue, dive and emergency medical services,” said Fire Chief Richard A. Hoppes. “Among its many features, the boat has a stable platform to support operations and can supply unlimited water at 2,500 gallons per minute.”

The vessel features:

  • Twin diesel inboard engines that propel the boat to speeds of 40 knots and allow it to perform emergency stops and change direction within two boat lengths
  • Radar, GPS, siren, emergency lights, and chart plotter with depth
  • Heated patient care area with one primary, and two secondary patient resting/sleeping areas
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and options
  • The new fire and project, completed on May 1, was a joint venture. Funding came from a Federal Homeland grant for $896,055 and $50,000 in matching funds from the Waterway Improvement Fund. Revenue for the fund comes from the one-time 5 percent excise tax paid when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland.

    For information on boating safety, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/safety/.

       July 3, 2012

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