The Vancouver Fire Department will officially welcome its new quick response boat, Discovery, to the region at two public events on May 16 and 17. Both events will take place at the Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River, located west of 110 Columbia St. and the Red Lion Inn at The Quay in downtown Vancouver.
The 46-foot boat is one of three purchased in 2012-13 with a Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Security Grant as part of a bi-state partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, Clark County Fire and Rescue, Portland Fire and Rescue, the Vancouver Fire Department and the Port of Astoria. All three boats will be used to respond to a wide variety of incidents on both sides of the river, between Lewiston and Astoria.
At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 16, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones, Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt and Fire Chief Joe Molina will join project partners from both sides of the river and representatives from the local businesses that have pledged financial support of Discovery’s operations and maintenance to celebrate its arrival and the bi-state partnership that made the purchase possible.
The two other boats purchased with the federal grant are scheduled to be at the event. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Discovery will be available for viewing after the ceremony and light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Red Lion Inn at The Quay.
The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly Vancouver Fire, Heart Health and Water Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The event will include opportunities to check out Discovery, plus information about water safety, fire prevention and “hands only” CPR. The Too Twisted Sister food truck will also be on hand if you’d like to eat lunch at the Landing.
For more information about Discovery, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boat.
About the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD)
Fire and emergency medical response are core services provided by the City of Vancouver, along with police, streets, utilities, parks and recreation and community and economic development. VFD serves a population of almost 250,000 from ten stations covering 90 square miles. A total of 12 frontline fire crews run over 20,000 calls per year. VFD does more than fight fires: its state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program also provides paramedic first response to citizens in the VFD’s service area.