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Fire Boat

Launch of Falmouth's new fire boat from Cornwall Council on Vimeo.

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After successful sea trials in Portland Harbour, we recently launched a new fire boat, ‘Skath an Tanlu’,  which will be based at Falmouth Community Fire Station and berthed at Falmouth Haven pontoons in Falmouth Harbour during the summer months, providing extra reassurance and safety to residents on our waterways.

The new boat ‘Skath an Tanlu’, Cornish for ‘fire boat’ as chosen by members of the public through public voting last year, was officially launched by the Service in July 2018.

The Service has operated a fire boat since 1999 when we took delivery of their first boat -Transco Phoenix, a 7.6 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) powered by twin 100Hp outboard engines. The boat provided an operational emergency fire response in and around the Falmouth harbour area due to the large and rapidly growing maritime risk. Falmouth was also becoming a popular choice as a venue for hosting large regattas such as the J Class Regatta, The Pendennis Cup, Off Shore Powerboat Racing to name a few, all of which require a large amount of safety/fire cover.

The boat also provides support to the Fire and Rescue Marine Response, forms part of the King Harry reach response plan and provides primary fire cover to the 100+ house boats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas. Throughout the summer months the boat can also be called upon by other agencies to be used for high profile events across Cornwall.

Between 2009 and 2018 the fire boat has been called to 21 incidents although it has only attended 12 of these as on route to the remaining incidents the crew were informed that they were no longer needed. After 18 years of service Transco Phoenix has now been retired.