Detroit Fire Department’s Fire Boats (photo by DFD)

The Detroit Fire Department has two boats in its arsenal. The Curtis Randolph provides support for fire suppression operations and the Sivad Johnson is a water rescue apparatus.

The Curtis Randolph is a fireboat operated by the Detroit Fire Department. The 74.58-foot vessel was launched in 1979, and is named after a young firefighter who died in the line of duty in 1977. The boat can pump 11,000 gallons per minute.

74’6″‘ LOA, 22′ beam,
12,000 gpm, 55’ Telesquirt

Detroit Fire Department’s Fire Boats (photo by DFD)

Sivad Heshimu Johnson was a 26 year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department when he perished while trying to save three children from drowning, on August 21, 2020.

The two boats help to keep Detroit’s international waterway safe for shipping and recreation.

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Detroit Fire Department’s Fire Boats (photo by DFD)

Detroit Fire Department FACTS

  • DFD has 46 fire stations/firehouses
  • DFD responds to an average of 10 structure fires daily (mostly arson)
  • DFD averages 400 daily EMS runs
  • DFD has 8 battalion chiefs and 6 tactical mobile squads
  • Each firehouse has 4-12 firefighters
  • Years ago, Detroit was the “arson capital” of the USA but the number of fires has gone way down in recent years
  • Detroit used to be known for Devil’s Night (the night before Halloween). It was an annual tradition where arsonists would torch abandoned buildings. In 1984, DFD responded to over 800 Devil’s Night fires!

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