Shelburne’s Marine 1 is officially on active duty after a Wet Down celebration at the fire station Sunday afternoon, July 7. After celebratory hot dogs and refreshments, tours of the refurbished 23-foot Boston Whaler, and a Q&A with firefighters, Shelburne Marine 1 was soaked with water by neighboring mutual aid departments from Hinesburg and South Burlington as numerous community members looked on.
“A wet down is a longtime fire service tradition,” explained 2nd Assistant Chief Jim Buell. “It’s a celebration of a new piece of equipment that will be used to support the community we protect. It’s like christening the newest addition to the fleet.”
Docked at Shelburne Shipyard, easy access to Marine 1 will allow the fire department to provide rapid response for shoreline disasters in Shelburne Bay, Shelburne Pond, neighboring waterfront communities, and Lake Champlain, investigate distress calls, and carry out other tasks as assigned by the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Marine 1 has been asked to assist on a few calls already,” said Firefighter Devon Major. “And although the town has been incredibly generous we still need equipment to keep firefighters safe, like a water pump, rescue swimmer safety equipment, water rescue gear, and training,” he explained. Donations to outfit the Boston Whaler will gladly be accepted by the Fire Department, through the Shelburne Firefighters’ Association (a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Please send your tax-deductible donation to: Shelburne Firefighters’ Association, Attn: Boat Equipment Campaign, PO Box 911, Shelburne, VT 05482, visit www.shelburnefire.org or call 985-2366.