As emergency responders know, “operational readiness” is not just abstract jargon. It can quite literally mean the difference between life or death. Metal Shark works with fire fighters from coast to coast and around the world to continually hone our understanding of the challenges faced by fire fighting forces. We coordinate with leading suppliers of fire rescue equipment to assure total systems integration, as opposed to bolt-on afterthought solutions. We strive to engineer and produce the best performing, most dependable, safest, and ultimately the most crew-friendly fire rescue vessels available. Each Metal Shark fire rescue offering is based on repeatedly proven designs. Our 100% digitial designs are built to exact tolerances for repeatable results. Our military-spec build quality is second to none. And our many best-in-class features incorporate the latest advances in on-water fire fighting technology. Read on to learn more about the many reasons to trust Metal Shark to build your agency’s next fireboat.
Metal Shark’s industry-leading designs offer the latest advancements in crew comfort, efficiency, operability, and safety. One example of Metal Shark’s innovation is our signature pillarless glass pilothouse. This design significantly enhances the view from the helm by reducing the dangerous blind spots commonly found on conventional pilothouse vessels. Pillarless glass technology, proven extensively on Metal Shark’s military and law enforcement patrol boats, increases visibility and awareness. Firefighters and other emergency responders appreciate the near 360-degree view from a Metal Shark pilothouse, especially while operating during night missions or other periods of reduced visibility. Metal Shark specializes in the integration of tactical firefighting systems including the full range of available RF-controlled or manual monitors, hydrant outlets, foam eductor systems; and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) crew protection systems.
To assure precise tolerances and maximum performance, each Metal Shark fireboat is 100% digitally designed using advanced 3D modeling software. Digital design affords Metal Shark the greatest flexibility in accommodating the needs of its customers. Prior to build, customers meet with the Metal Shark design team and view their boat’s every detail in 3D. All vessel particulars, from the required water pumping volume and foam reservoir capacities, to the location, quantity, and type of monitors and hydrant fittings, can be specified to suit an agency’s particular needs. Metal Shark’s designs are flexible and may be easily customized to meet the widest possible range of requirements. With its large in-house team of naval architects and marine engineers, each Metal Shark fireboat is custom tailored for maximum operability and efficiency. Thoroughly engineered designs assure boats are produced on schedule and perform as required.
Metal Shark produces an incredibly diverse range of models, including skiffs, center consoles, monohull and catamaran pilothouse vessels, and offshore commercial ships. Each of these offerings is available as a fully custom fire rescue vessel. Whether the mission calls for a trailerable near-shore first responder or an extended-range offshore platform, there’s a vessel in the Metal Shark lineup to fit the bill. Metal Shark offers a complete range of propulsion types. Depending on model, you may choose outboards, stern drives, inboards, water jets, or pods. As a global government and military fleet supplier, Metal Shark is adept at the integration of propulsion systems from virtually all top-tier manufacturers. While here we are showcasing a sampling of recent Metal Shark fireboat builds, the full range of our fire rescue offerings includes custom vessel platforms from 20 feet to 100 feet and above.
Metal Shark knows that each agency’s area of responsibility presents unique challenges. With our wide range of offerings we can capably accommodate them all. Our talented in-house team of naval architects works directly with agencies to tailor each Metal Shark fireboat to meet the challenges and demands of its intended operating environment. We work with all major marine industry and emergency response OEMs and offer many equipment choices. Instead of taking a “one size fits all” approach, the seating type, layout, and equipment lists of each Metal Shark fireboat are configured per customer spec. We invite you to contact us today to begin the process of designing a Metal Shark fireboat for your team.