SF’s newest floating fire station soon to dock at Pier 22 ½

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You've heard of floating fire boats, but how about a floating fire station?

A first-of-its-kind floating fire station will be sailed at the San Francisco waterfront early Thursday morning and fire officials say it will greatly enhance their ability to respond to water emergencies.

“The fire department is excited to get this in service,” said Lt. Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department. “It’s a lot easier to move a floating fire station.”

The new vessel will replace the aging fire station 35 on the Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge.

“With our current station, when we get a call, if it’s a low tide we have to use specific ladders to get down to the vessel and if it’s a high tide we have to go upwards to get on to the vessel. So this time when we have our floating station, it’s going to be equal to the floating station at all times,” said Baxter.”

San Francisco's newest fire station will be home to a fire engine, a firefighting boat - the St. Francis - and several fire rescue craft.

The nearly $40 million metal and glass barge is also solar powered.

“So that we can rely on complete solar power, if we had a major disaster, to run a generator. So a lot of really cool, innovative things went into the station beyond it being a floating station.”

The facility was paid for by the voter approved Earthquake Safety Emergency Response Bond and will be floated over from Treasure Island at about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday.