Photo of the Week: The fireboat that saved SF’s Marina District – 30 years later


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This week’s photo of the week comes to us from the San Francisco Fire Department. Phoenix is a fireboat operated by the city of San Francisco in the San Francisco Bay since 1955.

Phoenix is likely best known for its role supplying water to save parts of the Marina District during the fires that raged through the area following the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 – 30 years ago this week. The earthquake snapped gas lines, sparking fire among the many crumpled buildings. The problem: The quake had also snapped water pipes feeding area hydrants. Firefighters used Phoenix as an auxiliary water supply, like a floating hydrant, pulling hoses onto the shore, and volunteers helped pulled the hoses blocks toward the flames. Following Phoenix’s role in saving the neighborhood from further destruction, the city expanded its fireboat program.

Phoenix is based at Firehouse No. 35 at Pier 22½ of the Port of San Francisco. 

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