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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 6, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SALVATORE J. CASSANO COMMISSIONS NEW FDNY FIREBOAT, FIRE FIGHTER II, ON STATEN ISLAND

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will commission the newest FDNY fireboat, Fire Fighter II, on Tuesday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at the FDNY Marine Company 9 Homeport on Staten Island.  Fire Fighter II is the second new fireboat to join the FDNY Marine Division this year.

“The FDNY’s mission to protect the citizens and property of New York City requires the best equipment and training possible,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “The firefighters aboard Fire Fighter II will proudly protect the residents of Staten Island and those that enter New York Harbor for many years to come with one of the most advanced fireboats in the world.”

Fire Fighter II has 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.  The fireboat will be assigned to Marine Company 9 on Staten Island, replacing the current 72-year-old ship, the Fire Fighter.

Fire Fighter II, and her sister ship the Three Forty Three (currently assigned to Marine 1 on the west side of Manhattan),were paid for in large part by $54 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security.  Fire Fighter 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 135 years.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, Chief of Special Operations Command William Seelig, many other FDNY officials and their families

WHERE:

FDNY Marine Company 9 Homeport – Front and Canal Street, Staten Island

WHEN:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – 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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