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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 13, 2010



FDNY’s new fireboat, Firefighter II, will arrive in New York Harbor on Saturday November 13, at approximately 2 p.m.  There will be a water display by other vessels in the FDNY Marine Division in the vicinity of the Verrazanno Bridge and then near the Statue of Liberty to welcome Firefighter II to New York.

Firefighter II is the newest addition to the FDNY Marine Division.  After several weeks of training for its crew, it will replace the Firefighter which is assigned to Marine 9 on Staten Island.  Firefighter II has the exact same design and features as the Three Forty Three which is assigned to Marine 1 on the west side of Manhattan.

Firefighter II is a 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar vessel with a maximum speed of 18 knots and the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute.  The boat 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.

Firefighter II features 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.

Firefighter II, and her sister ship the Three Forty Three, were paid for in large part by $54 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security.  Firefighter II’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.

The FDNY Marine Fleet is responsible for over 450 miles of coastline and harbors and has protected New York City residents for 134 years.

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

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