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Press Releases / 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2007


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced today that the New York City Fire Department is seeking bids to construct two new state-of-the-art fireboats, which will have more firefighting capabilities than any other vessel in North America. These fast-response fireboats will be have more tools and equipment on board than any other boat in the Department’s fleet -- which patrols more than 600 miles of coastline in the Port of New York/New Jersey.

“These fireboats will be bigger, faster and better equipped than any such vessel in the water today,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “They will play a critical role in responding to large-scale emergencies, including potential terrorist attacks and the rescue of large numbers of civilians in the event of a major disaster. The vessels are a major step forward in securing our waterways which includes one of the busiest harbors in the world."

Each 140-foot-long fireboat will be outfitted with a command center including full interoperable communications with the NYPD, OEM, U.S. Coast Guard, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other government agencies. The fireboats will be able to receive and transmit live satellite-based video feeds and will be equipped with an air filtration system to protect responding members if a harmful agent becomes airborne.

In July 2005, the FDNY awarded a contract for the fireboats’ design to Robert Allan Ltd., of Vancouver, B.C., following an international bid design competition. Members of the FDNY worked closely with the company’s design team to develop the concept and include the necessary functional requirements. The vessels, which will be the first new large fireboats for the Department in more than 50 years, are designed for a response speed of 20 mph, can pump 50,000 gallons per minute and supply water up to 5 miles inland. The fireboats are expected to be launched in 2009.

Among the fireboats’ capabilities include:

  • Large water-level platform for rescue and recovery
  • Crane to provide high-level water streams and access to ships
  • Rescue boat for rapid deployment
  • Decontamination shower for hazardous materials
  • Areas for patient treatment and transporting firefighter companies


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclafani, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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