Donated firefighting & rescue boat now in service

WCFD17 MARINE 56 put into service 2018-04-25 photo wcfd17
Whatcom County Fire District 17 "MARINE 56" unit put into service (April 25, 2018). Photo courtesy of WCFD17

Last summer, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery donated a replaced 21-foot Boston Whaler boat to Whatcom County Fire District 17 (Sandy Point).

At the time, Whatcom County Fire District 17 Fire Chief Jim Petrie said the boat needed be retrofitted with rescue and firefighting equipment along with fire service radio equipment. Today, Petrie said the retrofitting has been done and the boat is now in service.

Petrie said in an email today to other first responder agencies,

The boat was retrofitted to include firefighting capabilities, water rescue equipment, emergency medical supplies, fuel spill booms/pads, flood lighting and various communications options.

Our plan is to have the boat in service from April 1st through September 30th each year and moored at the Sandy Point marina which is located directly behind the fire station.

This new resource is in service and available to your agencies should you ever need it through mutual aid requests.

officials check out the boston whaler donated by p66 to wcfd17
Officials check out the 21′ Boston Whaler boat donated by Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery to WCFD17 (July 7, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale