Huntington 36

Huntington, WV

Huntington is the largest metropolitan area in West Virginia, with a busy waterfront along the Ohio River that is home to commercial, industrial and recreational assets, all of which need fire protection.

When the 100-firefighter, six-station Huntington Fire Department determined that the city and the surrounding region needed a state-of-the-art fire and rescue boat, Lake Assault Boats worked with a team from the department to design and produce a 36-foot, 10.5-foot wide vessel. It is the largest fire boat that Lake Assault has built and was financed with a $569,000 federal grant.

The boat is built in landing-craft style and a similar to the boat Lake Assault later built for Clinton, IA. Huntington’s boat is equipped with a bow thruster and twin 300-horsepower Mercury Verado outboard engines. It is capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute. It also is outfitted with a special Cascade Air System to protect firefighters from smoke, chemical emissions or other dangers while fighting fires.

The boat patrols 64 miles of the Ohio River between the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam near Gallipolis Ferry, WV, and the Greenup Locks and Dam near Greenup, KY.

“We have the ability to serve this waterway,” Mayor Steve Williams says. “This was not possible before.”


36′ L x 10.5’W

Full Cabin

Twin 300HP Mercury Verado Outboards

Pump: Hale 60 FB 1500 GPM

Pump Motor: KEM 6.0 Liter

Discharges: RC TFT Monsoon Remote Control

TFT VUM (2) 2 1/2″ and one 5″ Storz

(2) TFT Protectors with Valve Monitors

Speed: 40 MPH

Hale Foam Logic foam system

Dive Bottle Storage

Cascade System

Bow Thruster


Heat/Air Conditioning

Cabin Pressurization System

FLIR Camera

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams -

"We have the ability to serve this waterway. This was not possible before."