BRICK, N.J. – MarineEast has donated 3,000 Fire Ports to equip every United States Power Squadrons (USPS) vessel examiner (VE) across the country, the company said through a recent release.
Fire Ports help extinguish or control fires quickly and safely, allowing boaters to inspect an engine compartment without opening it and adding oxygen to a fire. A boater can insert an extinguisher nozzle through the port to concentrate the extinguishing agent on the fire, MarineEast said.
"This donation is an important step in making recreational boating a safe and enjoyable family activity," MarineEast's owner David Thompson said.
The specially trained VEs examine safety equipment and discuss safety issues with boat owners. The USPS is the country's largest non-profit boating organization. Its 60,000 members make boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in safety, seamanship and navigation.
"The VEs will be encouraged to use (the ports) in their discussions of fire safety on recreational boats," said Lt. Commander Robert Miller of the USPS Vessel Safety Check Committee.