Warner L. Lawrence (fireboat)

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Warner L. Lawrence
Civil Ensign of the United States
Name: Warner L. Lawrence
Namesake: Captain Warner Lawrence
Operator: Los Angeles Fire Department
Builder: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders
Launched: 17 January 2003
Christened: 12 April 2003
Acquired: 21 May 2003
In service: in active service
Homeport: Port of Los Angeles
General characteristics
Length: 114 feet 10 inches (35.00 m)
Beam: 32 feet 9 inches (9.98 m)
Draft: 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 m)
Depth: 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m)
Installed power: 2 × 1,800 horsepower (1,300 kW) MTU 12V-4000
Propulsion: Voith Schneider cycloidal drive
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Warner Lawrence is an innovative fireboat owned and operated by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in Los Angeles.[1] Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in the early 2000s, Warner Lawrence was built in Washington and delivered to San Pedro on 21 May 2003. She was dedicated on 12 April of that year. She was built by Nichols Boats of Freeland, Washington, according to the LAFD. She replaced the fireboat Ralph J. Scott.

Warner Lawrence is considered by her builders and the LAFD to be one of the most technologically advanced fireboats in the world. She is an omnidirectional vessel driven by two Voith Schneider Propellers type 26 GII/165-AE 45. 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; has 10 monitors. Her pumps are powered by two 1,575 horsepower (1,174 kW) pump engines. She has a fully equipped medical suite; can deploy a bucket and ladder to 50 feet (15 m) at up to 600 pounds (270 kg). A diving platform can be deployed to 10 feet (3.0 m) below the surface.


  1. ^ Gauvin, Brian (August 2009). "Los Angeles Fireboat 2 is No. 1 in the world". Professional Mariner. No. 127. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. 

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Coordinates: 33°44′26″N 118°16′42″W / 33.740574°N 118.278369°W / 33.740574; -118.278369