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    For the first time in 61 years, the San Francisco Fire Department has a new tool to help protect the city.

    A new state-of-the-art fireboat was transported from Seattle, Wash. and arrived to the city by the bay Sunday morning, according to Jonathan Baxter from the San Francisco Fire Department.

    Before being introduced to the public a few weeks before October's Fleet Week, the fireboat will decked out with updated equipment and crew members will have to complete training, according to Baxter.

    Right now, the boat's name is simply "Fireboat #3," but that will soon change thanks to a little help from some local schoolchildren. The youngsters were able to submit a name into a general contest and the winning entry will be unveiled sometime before the boat's christening in October, Baxter said.

    The new addition will primarily assist with rescuing distressed swimmers as well as pumping millions of gallons of water into San Francisco's reserve systems, according to the SF Examiner.

    "Fireboat #3" joins "Phoenix" and "Guardian" as the three fireboats under the city's command, the SF Examiner reported.

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