Charleston Fire christens new asset to the Department

Riley christens the "Louis Behrens" on Friday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Charleston Fire Department christened a new boat on Friday that will help the CFD better serve the community.

The "Louis Behrens" boat was named after the longest serving Fire Chief in the nation.{} Behrens, who passed away in 1932, served 58 years as Charleston Fire Chief.

"Typically when we think about fire departments and the assets we have, we typically think about fire engines, fire trucks, and what we tend to forget is that we have this whole other community in the City of Charleston and our surrounding area because we have so much water," said Fire Chief Karen Brack.

"We have marine assets that we are also responsible for protecting and what this boat has done for us is it's given us the capability, in conjunction with some other partners from North Charleston, Johns Island and the United States Coast Guard - It's given us the capability to actually go out and serve that community as well," she said.

The ceremony was held at Wharfside Street.{} Mayor Riley highlighted the christening with the ceremonial champaigne-bottle-smashing on the side of the boat.

"It also offers us some opportunities to actually do land-based firefighting from this boat and so I can't express enough how phenomenal it is that we have the opportunity to have it," said Brack.

"We were funded through some Federal grants for it.{} The City helped us out and the community just supports us so strongly in everything we do, and we can never express how much we appreciate that," she said.