City pumps up marine firefighting

Nanaimo Port Authority unveiled a new fire pump Monday that should bolster its marine firefighting capability.

Nanaimo Port Authority unveiled a new fire pump Monday that should bolster its marine firefighting capability.

The $80,000 pump is installed aboard the port  authority vessel MPA Eagle and incorporates a compressed air foam fire suppression system.

The boat’s size enables it to get firefighters and equipment into remote areas and the pump will improve firefighting effectiveness around marinas and waterfront facilities.

The City of Nanaimo paid for the pump as part of a partnership with the port authority to improve emergency management, public safety and eliminate duplication of services.