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With the launch of a new fireboat on Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has upgraded the capacity for responding to marine fires and wildland fires close to the lakeshore. The new fire boat was launched November 23, 2010 on Lake Powell. It is staged at Wahweap where it is readily available as the primary resource for protecting Wahweap Marina, Antelope Point Marina, boat rental docks, buoy fields, fuel docks, and boats on the southern end of Lake Powell. This new fire boat replaces an older boat that had limited capabilities which was in service for over a decade. The National Park Service responds to an average of 20 boat fires and 15 fuel spills each year.
Park structural firefighter’s had the fire boat custom built for the specific needs of the recreation area. The 32-foot boat has an 11-foot beam, a 1,000 gallon per minute pump, and a built-in foam proportioner. The boat is faster than the previous boat, has a greater pump capacity, and more storage. It has twin diesel engines and its bow thrusters provide greater stability. It is also more versatile. Firefighters can now safely move around the perimeter of the vessel in turnout gear. In addition, they can access the water from all four sides of the boat and the landing craft style bow door provides safer access to land. The boat is equipped with the same structural firefighting equipment as a structural fire engine.
The National Park Service’s structural fire program based in Boise, Idaho helped fund the boat. It will be used to help train structural firefighters from around the country in marine firefighting as part of a national structural fire training program hosted at Glen Canyon. This fire boat is one of three fire boats owned and operated by the National Park Service nationwide. For additional information on the National Park Service’s structural fire program, please visit