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Fire and rescue vehicles responded to Broward Shipyard in Dania Beach, Fla., at about 11 this morning after an engine room alarm sounded on a 186-foot yacht in the yard.

“It was a false alarm, but the response was amazing,” said Pete Snyder, director of sales at the yard. “Every available fire truck and police car responded to help.”

The yacht is under scaffolding and shrink wrap cover and was in the process of a paint job, Snyder said. Firefighters pulled fire hoses to the seawall but no firefighting equipment was required, he said.

“Everything was handled with an abundance of caution, but it was a false alarm,” Snyder said. “If anything had happened, there were more than enough firemen and fire trucks to handle it.”

During the past several years, local firefighters have worked with several yards in the area to learn how to prepare in the event of a fire on a yacht or in a yard. Broward Shipyard is among the yards that have worked with first responders to lay out fire hoses and help firefighters familiarize with the property for fire prevention, Snyder said.

— Dorie Cox

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