CFAV Firebrand (YTR 562)

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CFAV Firebird, Firebrand's sister ship in Halifax

The CFAV Firebrand (YTR 562) is a fireboat in the Royal Canadian Navy. Firebrand is based in CFB Esquimalt, on Vancouver Island.[1] Her sister ship CFAV Firebird (YTR 561) is based in CFB Halifax.

Her three water cannons can fire water, supplemented by fire suppressant foam from her two 250 gallon tanks.[1] Her water cannons are capable of pumping a 19,000 litres per minute at 150 psi.[2] Although not operated as such, she can also serve as a tugboat, and has a bollard pull of 7.5 tons.

On December 4, 2012 the Department of National Defence published an enquiry for Canadian shipbuilders interested in building replacements for the Glen class tugs¸ and fire class fireboats.[2] A single class would replace both the rugs and the fireboats, and would be operated by civilian crews. The replacement vessels would have water cannons that could be controlled remotely, by a single individual. The replacement vessels would have bollard pull of 40 tons -- almost six times as much as the fire class vessels are capable of.

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 "Canadian Forces Small Ships — the Fire class YTR Rescue Boats". Canadian American Strategic Review. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-13. "Firebrand is a name with a heritage. The fireship Firebrand was launched in 1694 but the Crimea-era HMS Firebrand is better known." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Future CF Harbour Tugs – The Naval Large Tug Construction Project: Replacing the CF Glen and Fire Class Large Tugs – MERX P&A Notice". Canadian American Strategic Review. 2012-12-04. Archived from the original on 2012-12-23. "Having designed the original Fire class rescue boats, it'd be no surprise if a new Robert Allan design were to be chosen to fit the Naval Large Tug Construction requirement."