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Another covered marina fire!!!

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Fire contained but structure damaged.

Several recent marina fires in the Hudson Bend, Texas fire district caused their training officer, Captain Mike Del Castillo, to contact The Marine Firefighting Institute for one of our seminars. The houseboat fire pictured left was an especially trying one. Long hose stretches and a lack of scene security hampered efforts to get water on this fire immediately. This fire also was in a "covered dock", which has been a major topic of MFI newsletters. However, despite of all the difficulties, Hudson Bend FD along with its mutual aide partners from as far away as Austin, Texas managed to confine this fire to only the one boat and an adjacent jet ski. Many lessons were learned both directly from this fire as well as from the "Small Boat and Marina Fire" seminar which MFI presented.

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As part of our full day seminar we also conducted a walk-through of the marina where this fire occurred. Much of the structural damage was still quite evident. The photo on the right shows some of the damage to the roof supports caused by the intense heat which was confined by the roof.

A close-up photo on the left shows how some of the supports had actually buckled and broken from the heat. Had this fire burned any longer there might have been the danger of a major roof collapse. Had any firefighters been operating under that section they might have been killed or injured.

Is your Department informed about small boat and marina firefighting?

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Safety is always stressed during our seminars. Note the "Melted Shore Power Pedestal" in this photo on the right. There is an electrical supply cable under this dock to supply those pedestals. Do your members know where your marina's electric shutoffs are located and how to operate them? Our seminar goes into detail as to what areas must be covered in any marina pre-fire plan. There are many electrical hazards to contend with at a marine fire. Will the circuit breaker near your dock shut off all power or just the shore power outlets? Is there still power to the lighting? Is the extension cord pictured on the left still live? One safety message that is repeated many times during our seminar is, "If there is no life at risk, don't risk yours"Click the camera again to see the next photo.

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If you operate a marina or if you have a marina or a body of water in your fire district or mutual aid area, then you need this information. The seminar also covers boat fires away from land.

Please keep The Marine Firefighting Institute in mind when you plan your training schedules. Whether it's for our seminar on Small Boat and Marina Fires, or one of our many other seminars, we will deliver the information that will allow you to do your job while insuring the safety of your members and the public. Don't your Firefighters and marina staff deserve this information?

Remember, the Coast guard will not fight marine fires. It will be up to Municipal Fire Departments and marina employees.

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Whether you have a Fireboat or not, is your Department ready to handle a large scale Marina Fire? Do your Firefighters know how to safely operate at a marina or small boat fire?

Contact The Marine Firefighting Institute today to set up your date for our seminar about "Small Boat and Marina Fires"

Thanks to the Hudson Bend, FD and all the Travis County, Texas Fire Departments. Congratulations, brothers and sisters, for a job well done in stopping this marina fire in its tracks. And for doing that with no major injuries! And thanks also for your excellent Texas hospitality on beautiful Lake Travis.

To have your Department featured here, contact us via email for directions on how to send us your marine fire photo files.

Be Safe!

The Marine Firefighting Institute