Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
New high-tech fire and rescue boat for Bergen Fire and Rescue Service
Published:  07 December, 2015

The municipality and the fire department in Bergen (Norway) have been going through a process of future proofing the fire service.  Part of this was the acquisition of a new fire and rescue boat named the Sjøbrand on Monday 30 November of 2015.

The boat - which is an Alusafe 1800 FIFI manufactured by the Norwegian manufacturer Maritime Partner - is an entirely new concept developed for fire and rescue emergency response and is fully designed according to the specific needs of Bergen’s Port and nearby coastal areas in the Municipality of Bergen.

During its history, Bergen has seen over 30 large fires; fire prevention and firefighting is therefore, a high priority for the city. Through the development of human resources, the use of state-of-the-art technology and the improvement of fast-response emergency operations, Bergen’s fire department is presently capable of managing and extinguishing most fires at a relatively early stage.

This new boat is fully equipped for firefighting, search and rescue and diving missions, as well as support in the acute spill and pollution response.

‘The offshore hull design that will perform equally well in open seas and sheltered waters. We can now say that we have a fire and rescue boat that will significantly boost Bergen’s Maritime Emergency Services, equipped with excellent technological solutions and relevant, state-of-the-art equipment. With this new boat, the Sjøbrand, we have taken a big step forward,’ said Johnny Breivik, Fire Chief of Bergen Fire Department.

Maritime Partner enjoyed a very positive and very close cooperation with Bergen Fire Department during the development and production of the Sjøbrand.

This Maritime Partner boat meets - and in most instances exceeds - all the requirements defined by the Bergen Fire Department when the contract was signed. Gisle Anderssen, sales and marketing director for Maritime Partner: ‘this boat is one-of-a-kind in the Norwegian Fire Fighting force, and – at Maritime Partner – we’ve mustered all our experience and knowledge to deliver a boat that is equally capable in search and rescue and spill/pollution response operations.

Maritime Partner began the construction of Sjøbrand in September 2014 and the boat was formally delivered on the 26th of November - after its maiden voyage between Ålesund and Bergen, during which it saw heavy seas, when crossing over Stadt. After an initial training period, the new fire and rescue boat should be in operation in the end of 2015, beginning of 2016.