Public Safety Vessel debuted

The town’s Public Safety Vessel #139 was officially commissioned on Sept. 8 and is designed to provide vital response capability during an emergency response.

The town’s Public Safety Vessel #139 was officially commissioned on Sept. 8 and is designed to provide vital response capability during an emergency response.

The town’s Public Safety Vessel #139 is ready for her maiden voyage after being officially commissioned at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club on Sept. 8. The program was officiated by Retired Greenwich Police Lt. Thomas Keegan and attended by numerous dignitaries and invited guests.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) were both on hand to speak, along with First Selectman Peter Tesei and Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey.

As these honored guests concluded their remarks, music played over the sound system and Public Safety Vessel #139 made a dramatic entry into Greenwich Harbor, demonstrating its maneuverability, while spraying thousands of gallons of water from its two-fire monitors. The vessel was officially commissioned when Mr. Tesei smashed a bottle of champagne across the bow of the vessel, twice, splashing the boat with its contents.

The new $600,000 state of the art vessel was purchased through a 2008 Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and Port Security Grant. It was designed as a multi-agency platform for police, EMS, fire and dive operations, and as required by grant, is a regional, state and federal asset that can be called upon during declared states of emergency. The vessel is equipped with CBRNE — Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive — detection systems, as well as a pressurized cabin for the protection of the crew. In addition, the vessel has a dedicated patient berthing area for emergency care and treatment.

The Port Security Grant Program came about as a response to post 911 assessments to provide communities the best available equipment to assist in catastrophic events, both manmade and natural. Public Safety Vessel #139 will provide the residents of Greenwich and those who travel through the town’s waters years of service in security, safety and rescue operations.

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