LAFD Fireboat #2 – the Warner L. Lawrence. Named for one of the department’s most innovative officers, Fireboat #2 is one of the largest and most technologically advanced fireboats in the world. It is an omni-directional vessel driven by two Voith Schneider Propellers type 26 GII/165-AE 45. The Warner Lawrence has the capability to pump up to 38,000 US gallons per minute (2.397 m3/s) up to 400 feet (121.9 m) in the air. It’s hull design is based on that of a tug boat, but there are very few tug boats in the world that can compete the Fireboat #2!
Swift Water Rescue Team – more than just apparatus, the LAFD’s Swift Water Rescue Team is a combination of firefighters with special training and their specialized gear. They are dispatched to floods, or situations where a person (or animal) is trapped in rushing water. Although the LA River that runs through Los Angeles is often just a trickle of water through a concrete culvert, it does occasionally fill with rapidly moving water and as such, presents a serious life hazard to people and pets. The Swift Water Rescue Team uses boats, floats and jet skis along with other gear to help rescue people and animals.