OWL VFD responds to Boat Fire

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Provided by Occoquan – Woodbridge- Lorton Volunteer Fire Department

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Fire and Rescue Units from OWL responded to a reported boat fire on the Occoquan River near Poplar Lane in Occoquan around 12:30 PM on Sunday. First arriving units reported a 36-foot cabin cruiser, attached to a dock, fully engulfed in fire.

The first arriving engine made an aggressive fire attack from the dock while the fireboat was en-route and transitioning through a lengthy no-wake zone on the Occoquan River.

Through the coordinated use of attack lines from the engine, high volume water from the fireboat and de-watering tactics, the fire was extinguished and the burned vessel was kept afloat, reducing the release of pollutants into the river. PWL Marina personnel towed the vessel to their facilities where they were able to lift it from the water, completely mitigating the incident.

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with almost 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.

For more information on OWL VFD, visit www.owlvfd.org or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/owlvfd

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