Money for Fire Boat Goes Up in Smoke

Posted: May 15, 2013  |  By: Matier and Ross [SF Gate]

Talk about missing the boat — the San Francisco Fire Department just lost a $7.8 million federal grant for the city’s first new fire boat in 50 years because it didn’t spend the money in time.

“It’s just a huge disappointment,” said Fire Commission member Steve Nakajo.

“And believe me, we want to know what happened.’’

It all began in late 2009 when the federal Emergency Management Agency tentatively awarded the city a port security grant for a new boat — provided it got some matching funds.

It wasn’t until January 2011, however, that the feds signed off on the city’s request to use a Chevron grant to help cover the costs.

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