Ho Chi Minh City's Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department on Saturday deployed a new fireboat as part of a plan to improve the city's firefighting capabilities.
The 21.4-meter-long boat, which has been dubbed by local media as the most modern firefighting and rescue boat in Vietnam, was built by a Vietnamese shipbuilding company Son Hai in nine months with a total investment of roughly VND50 billion (over US$2.38 million) from the city's budget.
Vietnam News Agency reported on the same day that the ST-115, which has its hull made of aluminum alloy and its main engine imported from the US, can pump water directly on fires that are 50 meters high and 70 meters away.
It can also shoot foam to extinguish fires on 50-storey skyscrapers (around 250 meters high) located near the riverbanks or canals, according to media reports.
The boat can travel at speeds up to 21 sea miles per hour and carry 10 to 14 people while concurrently providing water to up to 10 firefighting trucks located within two kilometers.
Apart from firefighting, the boat can help with search and rescue missions in the city's waters, as well as protect river security. If needed, the boat will help the firefighting and rescue efforts of neighboring provinces and cities.
A project recently approved by the HCMC People's Committee will put six helicopters into operation as of 2025 to enhance the city's firefighting capacities.
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