Norwalk Firefighters Battle Small Blaze Aboard Oyster Boat

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The fire is reported on a 42-foot oyster boat called The Vigilant at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Company in East Norwalk. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Norwalk firefighters arrive at the blaze aboard the department's fireboat. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The fire is below deck and under the wheelhouse of the Norwalk oyster boat. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The boat remains at its East Norwalk dock throughout the incident. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The 42-foot Vigilant belongs to Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Co. in East Norwalk. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- A total of 25 firefighters responded to a small blaze aboard an oyster boat docked Friday at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Co. in East Norwalk, fire officials said. 

Employees at the oyster company reported the fire aboard a 42-foot oyster boat. The Vigilant, at 3:44 p.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Edward Prescott.

When firefighters responded to 7 Edgewater Place, the oyster boat was docked and employees were dumping water into its wheel house to battle the blaze, Prescott said.

The blaze was still smoldering below deck and under the wheel house as firefighters boarded the vessel from the dock, he said. Firefighters disconnected the boat's batteries and extinguished some hot spots to ensure the blaze was completely out, Prescott said.

The boat remained afloat and tied to the dock during the incident. No injuries were reported among employees or firefighters.

Twenty-one firefighters responded to the scene by land and four firefighters responded aboard the department's fireboat, Prescott said.

The Fire Marshal’s Division was investigating the cause of the blaze. The Coast Guard will send a representative to the scene as well.

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Why so critical?
Who was watching the rest of the city? I assume because of the amount of responding apparatus.. I requested the assigned companies. Why? The boat on fire was reported having several people onboard. Information was not conclusive as to whether the boat was underway or tied to a dock. So this had the potential to be a multiple victim rescue in 30 degree water with fire on a boat that might not be accessible from land or a dock. Additionally, putting firefighters on a narrow dock or vessel with charged hose lines. So, having personnel on scene in a state of readiness (RIT Companies) in case we lose a few of our own into the ice cold water is not at all excessive. Firefighting gear with a really buoyant air pack forcing you face forward into the water is not ideal for swimming. When our first arriving companies arrive on scene they will quickly reduce unnecessary responding equipment and personnel when they assess the scene. 3M pads for a sheen? There was no sheen or any environmental impact. That is a reflection of clouds you are seeing in that picture. Fire service trends and studies support sending the proper equipment needed right here right now for the emergency that we know we have. Not the one that may not come in. We can always redirect as needed.
The vessel's crew and dock staff should be commended for there quick efforts in knocking down a considerable amount of fire with their own equipment both on the vessel and on the dock. They were well equipped and fast acting. Their success was probably due to being prepared and properly trained. A fire on a boat is always bad and unless early notification and rapid extinguishment is achieved the persons on board will probably have to get into the water at some point.
The NPD has many successes that do not get reported. Lets not forget this media gig is a business and a lot of what you read or hear is not exactly as was actually the situation. It's a business.
Let's save the armchair quarter backing for the Monday following the Superbowl.

Broad River:

Thank you for always being there for us 24/7/365.

When there are trained professionals at the scene working so proficiently on the task at hand, to the untrained bystander it does appear that there is an overwhelming abundance of personnel on the scene. None of the bystanders understand the duties of the firefighters at the scene, Whether some are collecting equipment to go back to their station or if they are on hand as a back-up in case the first crew forward has a mishap or if for some reason there is a sudden acceleration of the fire. There are to many potential variables to consider and losing key people and not having enough support people there can make for a double tragedy.
Most of us understand
Thanks again for always willing to risk your lives for us.


Shame the failures of the Norwalk police department don't learn a few things from the firemen


You sure are


Thank You Norwalk Firefighters.


Makes one wonder who was watching the rest of the city?Have to ask did the fireboat come with absorbant 3m pads and boom or was that extra the city wasn't paid for?The oil sheen next to the boats we can all trust came from the fire if not Norwalk needs a pollution control advocate maybe that lady Dave McCarthy suggested Diane could help she does know her stuff.

Broad River:

The vessel was still at dockside and yet it doesn't look as thought they had enough of their own firefighting equipment aboard. Luckily for then they weren't out past the islands at the time. They better be paying for the clean up of their carbon compounds ! Then pass a complete seaworthy inspection. The U.S.C.G.Aux need also to pay them a visit and their boss have them all read a copy of Chapman's.

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