50 Defiant Fire Rescue

Typical Specifications

LOA: 50’
BOA: 15’
Fire Fighting Equipment: Custom, configured to meet operator’s mission requirements.      
Propulsion: Available with a wide range of propulsion types including water jet, straight shaft inboard, and pods.

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Metal Shark’s 50 Defiant is a purpose-built, next-generation welded aluminum monohull fireboat designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team utilizing a military-proven hull form and a specialized arrangement optimized for firefighting. Part of Metal Shark’s popular and proven line of American made custom firefighting vessels, the 50 Defiant is the result of the latest thinking in fireboat design and will provide a significant capability boost for its operator across the full spectrum of fire rescue, command and control, and other emergency response missions. While this custom craft features a layout already designed specifically for firefighting, Metal Shark works directly with its fireboat customers to assure that key particulars of each vessel are optimized to enhance that department’s operational readiness.  This vessel utilizes Metal Shark’s globally proven Defiant-class hull design, with hundreds of parent-class vessels in service worldwide. Miami Dade Fire Rescue has selected the Metal Shark 50 Defiant Fireboat to upgrade its firefighting capabilities.

Hull Design & Construction

The 50 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, welded plates of premium 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 operational costs while at the same time assuring maximum operability. Metal Shark offers the 50 Defiant with a wide range of propulsion packages enabling the vessel to achieve top speeds of 45+ knots.

Deck Layout

The 50 Defiant ushers in a new era of capability, with a modern, crew-friendly layout that allows firefighters to perform their work more safely and efficiently. Crews aboard the 50 Defiant enjoy smartly-configured, wide-open work spaces that facilitate safe and surefooted movement from bow to stern. Wide, non-skid walkways feature low-level LED lighting for night missions, and careful consideration has been given to the placement of all rails and grab handles. Heavy emphasis has been placed on accessibility and ease of use, resulting in a purpose-built fire fighting machine with next-level capabilities and a crew-friendly layout that fire fighters will love.


The 50 Defiant fireboat features a reverse-raked windshield arrangement with large overhead skylights that provide upward visibility while approaching and operating alongside moving ships or elevated structures, or while keeping overhead aircraft in view. A full complement of modern fire fighting equipment allows crews to safely and efficiently conduct the full spectrum of marine fire rescue response missions. Metal Shark’s “Pillarless Glass” pilothouse affords unmatched all-weather operability and safety. The elevated helm affords an outstanding view, facilitating navigation and maneuvering in multi-vessel fire fighting operations. The 50 Defiant’s pilothouse space is custom configurable to suit any mission profile, with multiple options for crew seating and accommodations areas, workstations, etc.

Crew Accommodations

The 50 Defiant offers large belowdecks crew quarters that may be configured to suit specific mission profiles. Typical accommodations include multiple bunks forward, full galley, enclosed head and hanging lockers. A mid-cabin offers ample space for additional bunking or multi-use storage space. Sleeping accommodations are separated from the pilothouse, allowing off-watch crew to rest without disturbing operations.

Custom Capability

The 50 Defiant may be fully customized to suit a wide range of mission requirements. 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 tactical firefighting hardware. Contact Metal Shark today to begin the process of building a 50 Defiant Fire Rescue vessel for your agency.