The Baytown Fire Department’s newest acquisition, Marine 2, was christened at Bayland Marina Friday. Fire Chief Kenneth Dobson spoke during the christening ceremony.

The Baytown Fire Department christened its first fireboat Friday, with Fire Chief Kenneth Dobson keeping the tradition of breaking a bottle over the bow to symbolize its official first launch.

Named Marine 2, the boat is designed for fighting small-boat fires. With a draft of only 24 inches—and engines that can be lifted hydraulically to get into even shallower water—the boat can function in the bays around the city and in Cedar Bayou as well as in the deeper waters of the Houston Ship Channel.

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