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Santa Cruz City Fire Boat in Service
Posted Date: 7/8/2013

On July 1st Santa Cruz City Fire Department placed into service their fire boat. The boat was acquired from the Alameda fire department after they eliminated their fire boat program. The boat is a Willard 34’ deep V boat powered by twin diesel engines. The boat also has a separate fire pump that is capable of flowing more than 500 gallons per minute from either a roof mounted turret or hose lines on the deck. The boat was originally built for the Coast Guard and served 2 decades in Alaska. The boats primary focus is firefighting to protect the wharf and vessels in and around the harbor area. The department currently has 7 operators trained to pilot the boat with all members trained to function on the boat. The boat will be staffed by on duty crews that are assigned to the 4 stations. The boat is moored in the upper harbor at this time. In the future we are anticipating expanding our missions to include Haz Mat incidents within the bay and water rescues to supplement our Marine Safety Division. The boat has full instrumentation and is cable of operating in most conditions. The department is limiting its operation to daytime until the operators are trained in navigating at night.


The first mission of the boat was July 4th when the department staffed it with 4 personnel from 12 noon to 7. P.M. At 7 P.M. 3 of the personnel were put on an additional engine company to assist with the increased call volume and potential of the 4th of July.


            By: Battalion Chief Mike Venezio

            Date: July 5, 2013

Santa Cruz Fire Boat