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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2010

FDNY MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOR NEW FIREBOAT,
THREE FORTY THREE

Members of the media will have an opportunity to tour the new FDNY fireboat, Three Forty Three, on Wednesday May 26 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Media availability will end at 2 p.m. to prepare the ship for the evening’s commissioning ceremony. All media must have press credentials and identification to access the ship.

All media in attendance will be able to board and tour the ship while it is docked at Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Members of the FDNY Marine Division, including the Firefighters who will operate Three Forty Three when it is put into service, will be on hand for interviews and to explain the capabilities of the new fireboat.

The new 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar boat is the world’s most advanced fireboat, with a maximum speed of 18 knots and the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute.  The Three Forty Three has been designed to detect and protect firefighters from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, and contains a pressurized area that filters the air supply using special charcoal and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters; allowing crew members to operate when needed in hostile environments.  Decontamination and first aid can be handled aboard the ship as well by means of a de-con shower area that leads to a triage and first-aid station.

Other innovative designs of the Three Forty Three include a forward ballast tank which lowers the boat in the water to match its deck with larger ferries that operate in the waters around New York City; a pilot house configured to allow the Captain a 360-degree view of an operation, which can assist with maneuvering the vessel in tight quarters; and a command and control area where the ship’s officers will be able to monitor and direct fire operations with the aid of remote cameras and state-of-the-art communication equipment.

WHERE:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 at West 46th and 12 Avenue

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

***Photo Op***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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