Anne Arundel County is playing with fire. Playing with names for a fireboat, that is.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has launched a contest to name its two new Defiant NXT monohull pilothouse fireboats.

Sure, it’s only been a few years since the British government got stuck with a polar research ship named R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface after trusting the people of the internet to choose a name. But the Arundel fire department must be full of optimists who believe folks won’t, uh, burn them.

The county did set a few parameters, though. Only those who live or teach school in the county are allowed to submit entries. One boat will be named by a county resident and one by a fire department employee. Names that are “deemed inappropriate” will be discarded. But that still leaves you lots of room for creativity.

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So what’s it gonna be? Anne A. Rundel? Glen Noburnie? Severna Spark? Chesapeake Bae?

You have until Nov. 30 to submit your suggestion. The fire department will share submissions and collect votes on social media.

Winners won’t get any sort of financial reward, but they will be invited to the christening ceremony and see their idea “affixed permanently” to the boat.

The boats are currently being built by Metal Shark Boats of Louisiana, according to a news release. The one named by a resident will be launched in the spring, while the one named by a fire department official will hit the water in the summer.

Julie Scharper is an enterprise reporter for The Baltimore Banner. Her work ranges from investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse to light-hearted features. Baltimore Magazine awarded Scharper a Best in Baltimore in 2023 for her series exposing a toxic work culture within the Maryland Park Service.

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