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Press Releases / 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 15, 2011

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY HOLDS 10TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE MARINE FLEET AT INTREPID SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

The New York City Fire Department will host the 10th Annual Blessing of its Marine Fleet at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m.  The FDNY Marine Fleet consists of more than 20 vessels responsible for over 560 miles of coastline and harbors, including the recently-commissioned Firefighter II and Bravest.

“The FDNY fleet has played a vital role in responding to emergencies in New York City for over 130 years.  Our Marine Operations takes over where the streets of our city end, rescuing people in the water and helping fight fires from angles often not reachable on land,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  “With our newest fireboats The Bravest and Firefighter II, New Yorkers can feel safe knowing that they are protected on land and sea.”

In the past year the FDNY welcomed two new boats to its fleet.  Firefighter II was commissioned in November of 2010.  The 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar vessel has the capability to pump 50,000 gallons of water per minute.  The Bravest was commissioned in May of 2011. This $2.4 million vessel has a top speed of over 50 miles per hour, making it the fastest in FDNY Marine Operations.

Also on July 16th, the “Battle of the Boroughs” competition will take place involving FDNY firefighters, competing for the grand prize and title of Best FDNY Chef.  Both events are part of Firefighter Appreciation Weekend at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

WHO:

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

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Saturday, July 16 – 11 a.m.

*** Photo Op***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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