32 Defiant Fire Rescue

Typical Specifications

LOA: 32’
Fire Fighting Equipment: Custom, configured to meet operator’s mission requirements
Propulsion: Twin outboards
Metal Shark’s 32 Defiant Fire Rescue is a proven welded aluminum monohull vessel ideal for fire fighting and emergency response. Like all Metal Sharks, the 32 Defiant may be fully customized to meet virtually any mission requirement. Regardless of configuration and equipment, the 32 Defiant serves as an extremely stable, dependable, highly capable, and surprisingly fast platform that is well suited for both inland and offshore use.

Hull Design & Construction

The 32 Defiant features a proven Metal Shark hull design that has been engineered and built to precise tolerances. To achieve its superior hull life rating, the vessel’s hull, deck, and superstructure are composed entirely of heavy, precision-welded plates of corrosion-resistant 5086 aluminum-magnesium alloy. The Defiant-class running surface has been designed for maximum efficiency and performance. This efficiency, combined with the vessel’s durable construction, results in the lowest possible operating cost while at the same time assuring maximum performance. Thanks to its wide beam and pronounced reverse chines, the 32 Defiant is extremely stable, and twin 300 HP outboard engines require minimum maintenance while reliably propelling the vessel to speeds in excess of 45 knots.

Deck Layout

The 32 Defiant features an uncluttered, no-nonsense layout designed for crew friendliness. Wide, non-skid walkways feature low-level LED lighting for night missions, and crew members will find hand rails and grab handles within easy reach at all times. A urethane-sheathed closed-cell foam collar provides optimum impact protection during alongiside maneuvers. The 32 Defiant may be configured with an open bow cockpit or a closed foredeck with cuddy beneath, and its large aft cockpit workspace easily accommodates backboards, dive tanks and gear, and other equipment.


The most immediately apparent advancement in Metal Shark’s Defiant-class pilothouse design is the use of pillarless glass to substantially enhance visibility. The result is a near elimination of the dangerous blind spots that are an unfortunate drawback of conventional pilothouse vessels which utilize smaller, framed windows. Firefighters appreciate the near 360-degree view from a Metal Shark pilothouse, especially during night missions, while operating in close quarters with other vessels, or during periods of inclement weather or other periods of reduced visibility.

Crew Accommodations

The 32 Defiant can be configured in a wide range of seating configurations. Choose from standard seating, shock mitigating military-style seats, or water ambulance seating with bench seats that convert to dual stretcher bunks.

Also, choose from open bow or closed bow / cuddy cabin configuration. The vessel shown here has been equipped with an open bow featuring manually-operating fire monitor. Port and starboard bench seats hold two foam buckets per side.

Custom Capability

The 32 Defiant can be equipped with a formidable array of tactical firefighting equipment.From fire pumps and monitors to foam reservoirs, hydrant connections, Command and Control communications systems, and positive-pressure Chemical, Radiological, Biological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) crew protection systems, Metal Shark is adept at the seamless integration of firefighting hardware. Contact Metal Shark today to begin the process of building a 32 Defiant Fire Rescue vessel for your agency.