Marine 16 is a 28-foot Argus Class rescue/fire boat equipped with twin 225-horsepower outboard engine and a 335-horsepower inboard jet propulsion. A bow door allows for beach landings. A side door accommodates in-water patient assistance.
Marine 16 is based at the Port of Edmonds. Firefighters at Station 16, 17 or 20 are dispatched to staff the boat for emergency response. Capabilities include:
- Fire suppression
Marine 16 can flow water at the same rate as a fire engine to fight marine and marina fires. Marine 16 has also been used to fight brush fires along the shoreline in areas only accessible from the water.
- Search and rescue
Marine 16 has been called to search for and rescue boaters in distress, provide beach access for rescues along steep areas of shoreline and respond to scuba diving incidents at the busy underwater park north of the Edmonds ferry dock.
- Emergency medical transports
In the enclosed cab, firefighters can begin caring for EMS patients transported aboard Marine 16 from boats, nearby islands or areas difficult to access by land.
For vessels taking on water or sinking, Marine 16 can assist with pumps.
Marine 16 can tow ashore vessels up to 2,500 pounds. Marine 16 has even been used to tow a floatplane ashore after it made an emergency landing.