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#421947 - 11/14/11 04:11 PM Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat?
PROBUS Offline
The Fire Service were unable to get to the beach to tackle the burning dive boat yesterday. A boat with a water cannon could easily have got there. As San Pedro's life is so sea-based, should this deficiency be remedied? And what would it cost?

#421954 - 11/14/11 04:33 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
captjeff Offline
Think not As boat fires are not to common here .
And to spend money when money is needed for new gear and equipment does not make good fire fighting business sense .A good thought for sure ..
In this case the juice is not worth the squeeze JMHO.
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#421960 - 11/14/11 04:50 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
JZB Offline
Wouldn't a small generator with water pump and hose on any boat work? I have no idea, just asking....

#421964 - 11/14/11 04:54 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
Amanda Syme Offline
Water pumps don't necessarily need generators. You can get water pumps that are mechanical and can shoot water so the answer is YES.

All those places that built to close to their lot lines or absorbed the public easements etc should be taking note of this problem. It might be nice to have an extra 3 ft - 15 ft of space to build on - contrary to the building codes - but then the fire truck can't gain access to assist in fighting fires.....

#421965 - 11/14/11 05:01 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
JZB Offline
That sounds like a far more economical solution than San Pedro purchasing a dedicated fire fighting boat.

#421972 - 11/14/11 06:08 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
SimonB Offline
We have a self contained gasoline powered water pump (actually called a trash pump) which has very strong pressure.

A friend of mine has one for his house in Placencia as it's on the other side a canal and the fire department wouldn't be able to get over there. They were able to use the pump to put out a brush fire last year.

I would think it would be smart for any home owner north of the cut to have one on their property just in case.

A fire boat is a waste of money compared to the cost of throwing a pump on any boat and heading to the fire.

#421973 - 11/14/11 06:20 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
Amanda Syme Offline
What is the cost for such a pump SimonB?

#421974 - 11/14/11 06:23 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: Amanda Syme]
pirate villas Offline
i bought a 2" gas powered pump when i built my villa and i think it was 550bz

#421983 - 11/14/11 07:52 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
Diane Campbell Offline
Excellent home-firefighting systems can be seen online at

They work - you can use water from the sea, a well, a pool or cistern --- the trick is to keep it in good working condition and buy plenty of hose.

#421984 - 11/14/11 08:33 PM Re: Should San Pedro have a fire-fighting boat? [Re: PROBUS]
reaper Offline
A fire boat would be a great asset for San Pedro. I met with the Mayor about this once, as she asked my advice on the San Pedro FD and how to improve things a few years ago.
Where are most of the homes in San Pedro? Very close to the water. A jet boat could get into very shallow waters. It could carry a thousand+ feet of fire hose, which could be used to stretch to most buildings. It's an unlimited water supply. It doesn't have to cross the bridge and drive through traffic, meaning it could get up north or down south quickly. It could carry medical equipment and transport a patient. It could respond to water and land emergencies.
Fire boats come in all sizes. If someone donated a boat, it could be outfitted rather inexpensively with a pump and equipment.

The one problem in San Pedro is the fire flow capacity of the local FD. There is a front line pumper and a mini pumper. Together they don't put out over 2,000gpm of water. A fireboat that could pump an additional 1,500gpm would be a great tool.

If there is ever a downtown fire on a windy day...

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