Fireboats

Fire Levy Info:   FireLevy@seattle.gov

Updated: 2013-05-10

Background

The Fire Facilities & Emergency Response Levy supported the Seattle Fire Department's Marine Program with the addition of two new fireboats, the Leschi and Marine One, and the retrofit of the Chief Seattle. Separate of the Fire Levy, the Seattle Fire Department also is acquiring the 50-foot fast attack boat Marine Two, which will complete the fireboat fleet upgrade when it launches in fall 2014.

The new boats increase the ability of the Seattle Fire Department to respond with greater power, speed and pumping capacity. Together, the boats will provide greater safety on the water by getting firefighters to fire and water rescues faster. All of the fireboats are designed to respond on both salt and fresh water around Seattle.

In addition to fire suppression, the newest additions to the fleet accommodate Emergency Medical Service, rescue and salvage in toxic environments, and have the ability to pump water for land-based firefighting if water mains break during earthquakes or other disasters.

About the Fireboat
Leschi fireboatThe Leschi, built in 2007, is a 108-foot fireboat that can shoot 22,000 gallons of water per minute and travel at 14 knots. Features include a 55' crane with a telescoping fire line and ladder, an infrared (thermal imaging) camera, and a medical treatment center. As a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) response vessel, the fireboat offers pressurized toxic-free areas with interlocked compartments that enable contaminated persons to enter from the outside, be decontaminated via shower and air, then enter the toxic-free area.

Jensen Maritime Consultants, naval architects, designed the boat, and Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, WA built the vessel. Click here to view photos of construction and naming ceremony.

In honor of the Chief of the Nisqually Tribe, the new vessel was named the Leschi.

Current Status
Docked on Elliott Bay at Fire Station 5, the Leschi has replaced the Chief Seattle as the City's primary saltwater firefighting vessel.

Milestones

  • April 2007: Dakota Creek Industries delivered the Leschi to Elliott Bay from Anacortes.
  • February 2007: Sea trials were completed.
  • October 2006: The boat was launched in mid-October.
  • August 2006: The boat modules were completely welded together, and the boat was assembled in the shipyard.
  • May 2006: The event announcing and blessing the name of the boat took place.
  • December 2005: Dakota Creek Industries was awarded a contract to build the boat.
  • October 2005: Design for the Leschi was completed.
  • October 2004: Jensen Maritime Consultants were selected as the naval architects.

About the Fireboat
Marine One fireboatMarine One provides speed, agility and the back-up to ensure adequate coverage even when one of the other boats is in dry dock for annual maintenance. The fireboat was completed in 2006.

The 50-foot fast attack boat has the capacity to pump 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of water per minute and a top speed of about 30.5 knots. As a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) response vessel, the fireboat include a pressurized cabin with interlocked compartments that enable contaminated persons to enter the cuddy from the outside, be decontaminated via shower and air, then enter the toxic-free main cabin. This boat also has a thermal imaging camera that can assist detecting people in the water and pinpoint the location of hot spots in a fire.

Jensen Maritime Consultants, naval architects, designed the boat. Metalcraft, in Kingston, Ontario, built the vessel.

Click here to view photos of the boat construction and launch.

Current Status
Marine One is stationed at Fisherman's Terminal. During the retrofit of the Chief Seattle, January 2012-February 2013, Marine One was stationed on Elliott Bay.

Milestones

  • July 2006: Marine One was delivered to Seattle from Ontario. Mayor Nickels held a press conference and welcoming event.
  • May 2006: The boat was launched, and sea trials began.
  • April 2005: Metalcraft was awarded a contract to build the boat.
  • January 2005: Jensen Maritime Consultants were selected as the naval architects.

About the Fireboat
Chief Seattle fireboatThe Chief Seattle, built in 1983 and returned to service in 2013 after a retrofit, is a 97-foot fireboat docked at Fisherman's Terminal in Interbay. It can pump 10,000 gallons of water per minute and travel at speeds up to 22 knots. The retrofit included new, larger engines; an enlarged pilot house and deckhouse; modernization of the electrical system; and an added FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Surveillance) system. The Chief Seattle has replaced the Alki, now retired from service, as the City's primary freshwater firefighting vessel.