C.F.A.V. Firebrand YTR–562

Firebrand

C.F.A.V. Firebrand YTR–562 (Photo from the Nauticapedia collection. )

The Royal Canadian Navy currently has two Fire–class tugs: the Firebrand YTR–562 (based at Esquimalt BC) and the Firebird YTR–561. (based at Halifax NS.) They are instantly identifiable, both with bright red superstructures. Our Victoria BC waterfront correspondent, Murray Polson, caught some interesting images of the Firebrand during her refit.

Fire class rescue boats can operate as tractor tugs if needed and they have a bollard pull of 7.5 tons but are really dedicated fire and rescue boats. They are considered Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessels and as such are manned by civilians.

Firebrand

Firebrand YTR-562 (Photo source unknown. )

The Fire class were constructed in 1978 combining both fire– and tractor tug capabilities. She is 23.17m (75.6') x 6.4m (21') x 2.6m (8.5') and displaces 140 tonnes. She is powered by two 365hp diesel Z–drives and a hydraulic tunnel bow thruster. She carries three manually–controlled 7.6 cm (3 inch) water monitors (nozzles) at the bow, stern, and above the wheel-house. She carries two diesel fire pumps, capable of 2,500gpm. They can deliver 19,000 litres of water per minute and carry twin 250 gallon (1,136.5 litre) tanks for fire suppressant foam in concentrated form.

Firebrand

Firebrand during refit in Victoria BC. (Photo from the Murray Polson collection. )

Firebrand

Firebrand during refit in Victoria BC. (Photo from the Murray Polson collection. )

Firebrand

Firebrand during refit in Victoria BC. (Photo from the Murray Polson collection. )

Firebrand

Firebrand wrapped up for sandblasting and painting. (Photo from the Nauticapedia collection. )



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