CFAV Firebird

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Image:CFAV Firebird, a fireboat in Halifax.

The CFAV Firebird (YTR 561) is a Fire class fireboat in the Canadian Armed Forces Maritime Command. Firebird is based in CFB Halifax.[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]

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

On 22 March 2001 a large container vessel, the Kitano, one day out of New York City, requested help fighting an onboard fire after it had gone to sea.[2] The Firebird proved insufficiently seaworthy to leave the protected waters of Halifax harbour to go to the Kitano's aid.

length 23.1 m
beam 6.4 m
draught 2.59 m
displacement 140 tonnes
stern 2 x 365 hp azimuthing Z-drives
bow 1 x hydraulic tunnel bow thruster
speed 11 knots (20.37 km/h)
water cannons 3 x manually-controlled 3" (7.6cm) monitors
fire pumps 2 x diesel-driven, 2500 gpm @ 150 psi each


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Fire class YTR Rescue Boats, Canadian American Strategic Review. Retrieved on 2008-02-13. mirror
  2. Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, 2003-01-28. Retrieved on 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.”