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Sold For:
Fire and Rescue Boat
Minimum bid:
Closing date:
13-August-2017 @ 7:26 a.m. EASTERN TIME
1 (each)
Description :

General Information

  • Canadian Forces Auxilary Vessel FIREBIRD (YTR 561)
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Commissioned in 1978
  • Construction Material: Steel
  • The vessel was taken out of service in 2014

Physical Dimensions and Statistics

  • Length: 23.1 m
  • Beam: 6.4 m
  • Draft: 2.6 m
  • Gross Tonnage: 117.7
  • Displacement 140 tonnes (138 long tons)

Propulsion and Steering

  • Propulsion: 2x365 hp azimuthing Z-drives, 1 x hydraulic tunnel bow thruster. Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
  • Fuel Capacity: 7 cubic meters

Lifesaving equipment

  • There is no lifesaving equipment aboard

Firefighting equipment

  • Equipment: 3 x manually-controlled 3 in (7.6cm) water cannon
  • 2 x diesel-driven fire pumps, 2,500 gpm @ 150 psi each

Reports and Documents (see release of Documentation Agreement)

  • General Arrangement (GA) diagrams – on request
  • Environmental Disclosure Report
  • To obtain copies of these documents please contact GCSurplus sales representative:
    • Name: Christopher Wilbur
    • Telephone: 902-426-9901
    • e-mail:

Viewings are essential

  • Some items shown in photos, may no longer be on board
  • Bidders should satisfy themselves with the condition and items listed before placing a bid

Additional comments:


  1. Viewings will be held by appointment only and must be booked in advance by contacting the DND representative:
    1. Name: Robert Piroth
    2. Telephone: 902-818-4830
    3. Email:
  2. Any individual boarding the vessel must participate in a safety briefing, must wear steel toe boots, a safety vest, a hard hat and he/she must present government issued picture identification at time of viewing. He/she requires an escort on DND property.
  3. The vessel is currently located at the Canadian Forces Base, D-200, Halifax, NS
  4. Surveys, audits, GA diagrams, photographs, and other documents may reference items that are no longer on board the vessel, and inventory lists may not be exhaustive. (see Realease of Documentation below)

Loss or Damage:

  1. The Purchaser is responsible for any loss or damages to the Vessel from the time full payment is made to the time when vessel is removed. It is recommended that the Purchaser purchase applicable insurances for this period.


  1. For the removal, the new owner must use a towing company with a $1 million Canadian dollars liability policy. Before the removal of the vessel the Purchaser must show proof of marine insurance and ensure a suitable size towing vessel to tow the vessel. Any damage to Government of Canada property during the towing operation is the sole responsibility of the purchaser.
  2. Five (5) business days prior to removal of the Fire and Rescue Boate, the new owner must provide the representative for the Department of National Defence, with their proposed removal plan for review.

Conditions of Sale:

  1. The Assets are sold in an "as is where is" condition. The description of the Assets is based on the best information available to Canada. However, unless specifically provided, Canada makes no warranty, express or implied, as to the quantity, kind, character, quality, weight, size, or description of the Assets, or its condition or fitness for any use or purpose.
  2. The Purchaser acknowledges that it has been provided with full opportunity to inspect the Assets and that it has fully satisfied itself with respect to its condition.
  3. The Assets will be delivered free and clear of all liens and encumbrances
  4. If documentation is provided with the sale, the following Release of Documentation Agreement will apply: Schedule 1

Release of Documentation Agreement

  1. This Agreement confirms the acceptance by the Purchaser of the following conditions regarding the release of technical documentation (hereinafter referred to as the "Documentation") for YTR 561 Firebird
  2. In consideration of the provision of the aforesaid Documentation, in Appendix 'A' the Purchaser covenants and agrees as follow:
  3. The Documentation was designed for use by Her Majesty only, and there is no warranty, express or implied, as to the quality or fitness for purpose of the said subsequent user.
  4. The Purchaser hereby releases and forever discharges the Minister of National Defence, Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, her heirs and successors, her officers, servants, agents, and members of her Canadian Forces, its employees, agents or representatives and their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns from all claims, demands, damages, actions or causes of action including all claims or demands whatever in law or equity arising or to arise, by reason of the use of the said Documentation.
  5. The Purchaser covenants to indemnify and hold harmless the Minister of National Defence, Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, her heirs and successors, her officers, servants, agents, and members of her Canadian Forces, its employees, agents or representatives against all actions, damages, debts, accounts, claims and demands which may be brought against them arising from the use by the Purchaser, its servants, successors of the said Documentation.
  6. The Documentation is provided as is - where is. By using the said Documentation the assues all risk associated with its use.
  7. The Purchaser acknowledges that some of the Documentation has not been updated for some time and as a result thereof, Her Majesty, the Ministers of National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada nor its employees shall be held liable for the use by the Purchaser of such Documentation.
  8. The Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that all of the Documentation is proprietary to Her Majesty and all rights to the copyright therein belong solely to Her Majesty. Such Documentation will be kept confidential by the Purchaser and will not be disclosed to others, reproduced or used for any other purpose, except for the sole purpose of permitting the Purchaser to use such Documentation to maintain, operate or repair its asset.


Location of asset(s):
HMC Halifax Dockyard
Halifax , NS     B3K 5X5
Halifax, NS

The exact location of this sale could not be determined. Please contact the GCSurplus sales rep for more information.

Contact :
Capt Robert Piroth
GCSurplus sales rep:
Christopher Wilbur
Sale account:
Lot number:
YTR 561
The Purchaser agrees to make any payment requested (see available payment options) by the Minister within 5 calendar days from the date of such request and prior to removal of any of the property.
The Purchaser, upon acceptance of this offer by the Minister and after payment in full has been received by the Minister, shall at his expense, pack, load and remove the property by the date indicated on the bill of sale or, if no date is shown, within 10 calendar days after the date the bill of sale is issued.


This sale is subject to all of the clauses outlined in the GCSurplus General terms and conditions A , unless General terms and conditions B are cited.
The Purchaser must also pay particular attention to the following clauses.
Clause No. Description

All sales are final. No purchased Goods may be returned and no requests for reimbursement in whole or in part will be accepted.


The item(s) described herein are being sold offsite and not from a GCSurplus Sales Centre. For all offsite sales, Canada is responsible for making the sale items accessible for removal. They are under no obligation to provide assistance of any kind. It is the Purchaser's responsibility to ensure they have the proper labour and material handling equipment to facilitate the removal. Failure to comply with this condition of sale may lead to the purchaser being turned away and the items and funds being forfeited.