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Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Original Feature Posted April 26, 2004 - Re-launched January 28, 2012
Updated August 1, 2013

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CAPE AREA FIREBOATS

CAPE COD AREA
FIRE / RESCUE BOATS
Cape Cod is a bent arm shaped peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean,
Nantucket Sound, Buzzards Bay, and Cape Cod Bay in the southeastern
part of Massachusetts.

To the south of Cape Cod are the islands of
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Numerous fire / rescue departments protect the communities on the
Cape and Islands. Each of these departments have salt water bays
and fresh water ponds that they are responsible for.

There are a few actual "fireboats" in the area, but most of the departments
use boats for rescue purposes.

Boats are listed here by community / department name
beginning with Cape Cod communities, followed by the Islands,
and Plymouth County.

 

RELATED LINKS
Each of the departments in the area are extensively covered
throughout the CapeCodFD.com website.

HYANNIS FIREBOAT 808
HYANNIS BOAT FIRE
MENEMSHA USCG BOAT HOUSE FIRE
SANDWICH FIRE BOAT

 

CAPE COD DEPARTMENTS
Barnstable Fire District
Bourne Fire Department
Brewster Fire Department
(COMM) Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District
Chatham Fire Department
Cotuit Fire District
Dennis Fire Department
Eastham Fire Department
Falmouth Fire Department
Harwich Fire Department
Hyannis Fire District
Mashpee Fire Department
Orleans Fire Department
Provincetown Fire Department
Sandwich Fire Department
Truro Fire Department
Wellfleet Fire Department
West Barnstable Fire District
Yarmouth Fire Department
 

ISLANDS DEPARTMENTS
Aquinnah Fire Department
Chilmark Fire Department
Edgartown Fire Department
Oak Bluffs Fire Department
Tisbury Fire Department
West Tisbury Fire Department
Gosnold Fire Department

Nantucket Fire Department
 

PLYMOUTH COUNTY DEPARTMENTS
Carver Fire Department
Duxbury Fire Department
Kingston Fire Department
Lakeville Fire Department
Marion Fire Department
Mattapoisett Fire Department
Middleborough Fire Department
Onset Fire District
Plymouth Fire Department
Rochester Fire Department
Wareham Fire District


BARNSTABLE

BARNSTABLE MARINE 219
Barnstable Fire District's 1992 Boston Whaler 27' Guarian
is equipped with a 500 gpm pump and a bow mounted deck gun
is currently the only "firefighting" equipped boat on the north side
(Cape Cod Bay) side of the Cape. It is docked in Barnstable
Harbor in season.

 

FALMOUTH

FALMOUTH MARINE 1
Falmouth Fire Department placed this boat in service in 2005.
Built by Viking Welding, the 31' aluminum boat is equipped with
twin Honda 150 HP outboards anda 350 gpm pump.
It has a bow mounted deckgun. The boat is docked in Falmouth Harbor
during the season and is capable of responding to incidents in the
Nantucket Sound / Vineyard Sound / Buzzards Bay areas.



 


 

HYANNIS

HYANNIS MARINE 808
The Hyannis Fire Department operates the most powerful fire boat in the Cape & Islands area.
The 2009 Metal Craft Fire Storm 30 can deliver 1750 gpm through its (2) remote controlled and
(1) manual deck guns.  The twin diesels and jet drive allow the boat to travel at 35 knots.
The unique jet drive system allows the boat to turn and stop rapidly when needed.
The boat docks along side the Steamship dock in Hyannis harbor.

SEE MORE OF HYANNIS M-808

 

Rapid turn.

Rapid stop.

 

 

HYANNIS BOAT FIRE
Marine 808 got its first real workout at a boat fire on November 24, 2010
at the Oyster Harbors Marine facility on Pleasant Street, Hyannis.

SEE MORE ON THE FIRE

 

 

 

MARINE 808
"Reliance"
The Barnstable Police  Department and Hyannis Fire Department
acquired this former USCG 32' boat in 1996.
It operated from 1996 to 2007.
The boat had a 750 gpm pump and cabin mounted deckgun.

The "Reliance" responded to and operated at the 5 Alarm fire
that destroyed 4 buildings and damaged 125 boats at the
Crosby Yacht Yard fire December 10, 2003.

SEE CROSBY YACHT FIRE
 


 


 


 

 

OAK BLUFFS

OAK BLUFFS MARINE 567

"RED, WHITE, BLUE"
2004 Metal Craft 39' 6" LOA, 13' beam.
Jet drives capable of 35 knots.
550 gpm pump.

The vessel was built in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
by MetalCraft Marine and delivered in November 2004.
Constructed of aluminum, it has a LOA of 39'6" and a beam of approx 13'.
The boat is powered by twin diesels and is jet propelled achieving a
speed of approximately 35 knots.  It has a 550 gpm fire pump and
has a bow mounted deckgun that can be stowed when not in use.
There is a full lower cabin and a spacious control cabin.
The large cockpit has easy access from either side and the
stern folds down providing access for divers to the platform.
This vessel is operated by the Oak Bluffs Fire and Police Depts
under the O.B. Emergency Management and is docked in Oak Bluffs
harbor providing protection for hundreds of boats and thousands of
travelers on high speed ferries, steamship vessels, and cruise ships
in season.   It cost approximately $360,000 to construct.

SEE THE "RED, WHITE, BLUE" OPERATING AT THE
MENSMSHA USCG BOAT HOUSE FIRE IN 2010

 

NEW BEDFORD

NEW BEDFORD MARINE 2
Another fire boat within reach of the Cape is New Bedford's Marine 2.
The 1992 30 foot boat is equipped with a 1000 gpm pump.
It originally served the Boston Fire Department as the "St. Florian II"
until 2008 when it went to New Bedford.

 

 

 

 

TISBURY

Welded Boat Company of Texas built a 34' aluminum boat
with twin 250 HP engines and a fire pump for the Tisbury
Fire Department and Harbormaster in Sept 2011.
It is used in Vineyard Haven Harbor on Martha's Vineyard.

SEE TISBURY'S BOAT

 

SANDWICH

SANDWICH MARINE 439
The Sandwich Fire Department received a Homeland Security grant
to build a fire boat. It is  a 39' twin hull "Moose" Boat
similar to Massport's Marine 2. The boat would be kept in the Sandwich
basin at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal greatly enhancing the firefighting
capabilities on the north side of the Cape (Cape Cod Bay), the canal,
and Buzzards Bay. Delivered June 2013.

MORE SANDWICH

 

 

 

 

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