Discovery Vancouver Fires quick response boat dedicated today


first_imgIf you go• What: Fire, Heart Health and Water Safety Fair. The event includes opportunities to check out Discovery, plus learn about water safety, fire prevention and “hands only” CPR.o When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.o Where: Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River, west of 110 Columbia St. and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at The Quay.o Cost: Free.The Vancouver Fire Department’s new $1.59 million quick response boat, Discovery, was dedicated Friday during a celebration that included speeches from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones.Discovery was one of three boats purchased with a $2.66 million Federal Emergency Management Agency port security grant. The other, smaller, boats belong to Clark County Fire and Rescue and the Port of Astoria, Ore.Discovery, a 46-foot-long boat named after Capt. George Vancouver’s vessel, is equipped to respond not only to fires but medical calls, chemical spills and search-and-rescue missions. It will also play a critical role in supporting port security, Jones said.“Our communities are safer, thanks to the Discovery,” Jones said.Discovery will routinely respond to incidents between Caterpillar Island and Camas. Because it was paid for by a federal grant, it could be called to help anywhere from Astoria, Ore., to Lewiston, Idaho, he said.last_img