PRESS RELEASE: Salisbury Fire Department Receives Port Security Grant for SONAR and FLIR Systems


Contact: Salisbury Fire Department



Salisbury – The Salisbury Fire Department has been awarded an FY 2018 Port Security Grant in the amount of $42,577.00 from the Department of Homeland Security for enhanced maritime operations.  The grant covers two projects which includes a Side Scan SONAR system and a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) RADAR system. 


Side Scan SONAR is a device that is dragged underwater behind or alongside a marine vessel.  It is able to provide an understanding of the differences in materials and texture type of the riverbed.  It is commonly utilized to detect debris items and other potentially hazardous obstructions which can’t be seen from the surface. It may also serve to find wrecks, bodies of drowning/near drowning victims, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) devices, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and is often utilized in evidence collection, such as weapon or drug searches.


Forward Looking Infrared RADAR (FLIR) cameras utilize sensors to detect infrared radiation typically emitted from a heat source to create an image assembled for video output.  FLIR is utilized by boat pilots to steer their vessels at night, in fog, or in any reduced visibility situation. 


The Port of Salisbury falls under the command of the Port of Baltimore Sector which identified vulnerability gaps in its Port-wide Strategic Risk Management Plan (SRMP).  The projects will allow the Salisbury Fire Department to enhance its marine operational capabilities to provide protection to the Port of Salisbury; especially with regard to nighttime domain awareness, and will be available to provide assistance to fire departments in the surrounding region.  The individual units will also provide assistance to the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) and Natural Resources Police when requested.


The equipment allows the SFD to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents through its capability to “see” into the darkness to find victims of accidents and/or criminal suspects (when requested by Law Enforcement).  It also allows the Department to meet NFPA 1925:  Standard on Marine Firefighting Vessels. 


The $42,577.00 award represents 75% of the project’s total cost and the equipment is expected to be installed and in service by March of 2019. 



11 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: Salisbury Fire Department Receives Port Security Grant for SONAR and FLIR Systems

    1. I know for a fact that the fireboat was up on blocks at Sea Mark Marine in Crisfield for several months on at least two occasions in the last two years. I also know there was extensive engine and drive system corrosion due to electrolysis. I am not aware of the boat’s current status. I think, but am not positive, that the boat utilizes a jet drive system instead of propellers and that is a nightmare to maintain.


      1. Dick, you are correct. Again, the “Leadership” in the Salisbury Fire Department and the City continues to RAPE all taxpayers with their toys. Jake Day made a mistake in appointing John Tull as the latest fire chief. Dumb move Jakey Boi!


  1. Go by the Salisbury Marina and you will see this fire boat up on the lift where it has been for the past several years.


  2. The S.S. Hoppes has been in service since April 2012 and still waiting for its first dispatch to put out a fire. Placed in Service 7 years ago and still hasn’t responded to its first call. There was nothing wrong with the last fire boat they had even though they neglected it and caused it to sink. A new motor and pump were placed on it and it was perfect for the City of Salisbury. This city is lacking in brains for leaders.


    1. It’s been on 3 active fire calls, and 4 water rescues. Think you should not speak unless truly informed. And 1 of the fires was in Allen at the Yacht club fire.


      1. You seem to have some facts at your disposal so maybe you can give us the true story. Did the City really pay over $65,000 for the boat lift the fireboat sits on at the marina? Did the City really pay $53,500 to Sea Mark Marine for engine repairs?


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