PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s fireboat is back in service nearly six weeks after hitting an underwater object in Portland Harbor in an accident that spurred the city to implement a new policy on who’s allowed to use the boat.
City officials said the City Of Portland IV returned to service Tuesday night after undergoing $54,000 in repairs at a Rockland boatyard, about $16,000 more than originally projected.
The boat was damaged during an outing on Oct. 15 with a dozen civilians aboard.
As a result, two firefighters were suspended and city officials implemented new rules limiting when the boat can be used.
City Manager Mark Rees told the Portland Press Herald the city’s fireboats will longer be used for civilian excursions without his approval.