09/10/09 135 W, 1 I - + 7 - 8 FDNY Fireboat Three Forty Three

As this Firehouse.com article reports, a ceremony of another sort takes place tomorrow in Panama City, when FDNY officials launch the department's first new fire boat of its size in five decades. The 140-foot, 500-ton craft is named Three Forty Three, a reference to the number of firefighters and paramedics killed on September 11, 2001. The new boat is also larger than any other fire boat in the United States. With a pumping capacity approaching 50,000 (!) gallons per minute, the Three Forty Three should arrive in New York City in December. It'll be assigned to Marine 1 on the Hudson River, and replace the John D. McKean. Read the entire article, or learn more at the web site nycfireboat.com, which includes this neat computer-generated image:

Some videos of the launch, from Dave Statter: http://www.wusa9.com/news/columnist/blog..

That thing is HUGE.
Legeros - 09/12/09 - 09:36

There was an interesting story on a retired FDNY fireboat on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. They talked about it, what is is doing now and a how it was put in to action on 9/11. The website for it is fireboat.org
D.Cates (Email) - 09/14/09 - 10:07

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