CFAV Firebird (YTR 561)
CFAV Firebird in Halifax
|Operator:||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Fire-class fireboat|
|Displacement:||140 tonnes (138 long tons)|
|Length:||23.1 m (75 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||6.4 m (21 ft)|
|Draught:||2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × 365 hp azimuthing Z-drives
1 × hydraulic tunnel bow thruster
|Speed:||11 knots (13 mph; 20 km/h)|
|Equipment:||3 × manually-controlled 3 inch (7.6 cm) water cannon
2 × diesel-driven fire pumps, 2,500 gpm @ 150 psi each
CFAV Firebird (YTR 561) is a Fire-class fireboat in the Royal Canadian Navy designed by Robert Allan Ltd.. Firebird is based in CFB Halifax, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her sister ship CFAV Firebrand (YTR 562) is based in CFB Esquimalt.
Her three water cannons can fire water, or fire suppressant foam from her two 250 gallon tanks.
On 22 March 2001 a large container vessel, Kitano, one day out of New York City, requested help fighting an onboard fire after she had gone to sea. Because of the extreme weather, Firebird was unable to leave the protected waters of Halifax Harbour to go to Kitano's aid; larger Navy vessels were dispatched instead.
- "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Fire class YTR Rescue Boats". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- "Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-13. "The wind and sea conditions stopped the fire tug CFAV Firebird from proceeding beyond the middle harbour and prevented the other surface SAR vessels from getting alongside the vessel for any length of time to assist."