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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2010

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND COMMISSIONER SALVATORE J. CASSANO COMMISSION NEW FDNY FIREBOAT, THREE FORTY THREE, ON FIRST DAY OF FLEET WEEK, AT INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will commission the newest FDNY fireboat, Three Forty Three, today, Wednesday, May 26 at 6.p.m. at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  The Three Forty Three will lead the Parade of Ships up the Hudson River at 8:30 a.m. this morning marking the start of Fleet Week, before docking at the Intrepid for the evening ceremony.

The Three Forty Threebrings numerous upgrades to the FDNY Marine Division including the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute and the ability to detect and protect firefighters from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.

“Perhaps the greatest tribute we can ever pay to all 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th is to give all FDNY members the most advanced tools and equipment so they have the best possible chance of coming home to their loved ones at the end of each day,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “That’s why it gives me so much pride to help commission this new fireboat into our fleet.”

“The Three Forty Three is the most technically advanced fireboat in the world,” said Commissioner Cassano. “The name of this ship will remind each and every person who sees it in action protecting the Port of New York and the surrounding waterways; and every firefighter who operates aboard it, of the supreme sacrifice made by so many of our members on September 11th, ensuring that we never forget.”

The Three Forty Three, and her sister ship Firefighter II (currently undergoing sea trials in Panama City, Florida), were paid for in large part by $54 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The vessel’s original design is from naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C. and it was constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida.

Upon the completion of training for firefighters from the Marine Division, the Three Forty Three will be assigned to Marine 1 stationed on the Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan.

WHO:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, many other FDNY officials and their families

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 6 p.m.

***Photo Op***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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