Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Fireboat and Fire Station

 The Detroit Fire Boat is stored next door to the Westcott.  It is also next door to Riverside Park.

This is known as Engine 16 and is the home of the Curtis Randolph and the other fireboat of the Detroit Fire Department.  I'm not sure when it was formed but it looks like many of the other Detroit fire stations.

The Curtis Randolph was launched in 1979 and was named after a young firefighter who died in the line of duty in 1977.  It was commissioned by Mayor Coleman A. Young.  It is the only Class A fireboat on the waterways between Chicago and Cleveland.  It can be used to pumped water for fires that are close to a river.

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