San Francisco fire officials show off new boat

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Fire boats played a large role in saving the marina from a fire after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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On Monday, the city introduced its third boat at McCovey Cove for the official commissioning ceremony for the Saint Francis.

The boat cost nearly $12 million. Most of the money came from a port security grant.

Fire officials showed off its impressive firefighting cannons and apparatus.

The Loma Prieta earthquake was on Senator Dianne Feinstein's mind. She recalled how a fireboat fed a portable hydrant to help stop the marina fire in 19-89.

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"I was told all the water mains were out," she said. "So that hydrant went up Divisadero Street, and actually to a great extent saved the day."

The Saint Francis joins the Phoenix and the Guardian in the department's fleet.

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