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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2010



The New York City Fire Department will host the 9th Annual Blessing of its Marine Fleet at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m.  The FDNY Marine Fleet consists of more than 30 vessels responsible for over 450 miles of coastline and harbors, including the recently-commissioned Three Forty Three, the most technically advanced fireboat in the world.

“Over the past 134 years, the fleet has played a critical role in responding to emergencies in New York City. Our Marine Division takes over where land ends, rescuing people in the water and helping fight fires from angles not reachable on city streets,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  “Today, with our newest fireboat Three Forty Three and another similar boat soon to follow, New Yorkers will be better protected than ever before.  This is a great day to honor the work of our Marine Division.”

Saturday will feature many activities for the public.  Firefighters will demonstrate various rescue techniques, including use of the “jaws of life” to extract someone trapped in a vehicle and use of ropes to reach civilians trapped in upper floors of a building.  Antique and modern-day apparatus will be on display and the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit will also conduct demonstrations.  In addition, the FDNY Fire Zone will be selling department attire to raise money for the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports FDNY initiatives including training, education and equipment.


Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Executive Director Susan Marenoff; FDNY Chaplain Monsignor John Delendick; members of the FDNY Marine Division and the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit


Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th St. and 12th Ave., Manhattan


Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 11 a.m.

*** Photo Op Note: Immediately following the blessing, the fleet, led by Three Forty Three, will perform two passes of the Intrepid followed by a 10 minute red, white and blue water display.***


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

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