CFAV Firebird (YTR 561)

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YTR561 Firebird in Halifax.jpg
CFAV Firebird in Halifax
Career (Canada)
Name: Firebird
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Builder: Vancouver Shipyards
Commissioned: 1978
Homeport: CFB Halifax
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics [1]
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.[1] 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.[1]

Firebird suppressed a serious fire in HMCS Toronto's engine room in 2005.[1]

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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ a b c d "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. 
  2. ^ "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."