Named in honor of the 343 FDNY (Fire Department – City of New York) members killed on Sept. 11, 2001, the Three Forty Three is the newest addition to the FDNY Marine Division.
The steel on the bow and the stern of the boat was forged from World Trade Center steel. This fireboat, the world’s largest, was built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida. Seen here in St. Augustine (Florida) on April 27, 2010, it is on its way to delivery in NY.
Please watch the video below to see the arrival in NY!!
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The 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar boat has the ability to pump 50,000 gallons of water per minute. And at a top speed of 18 knots, the boat can move twice as fast as older boats. 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 as needed in hostile environments. A crew of seven onboard the new vessel at any one time now uses high-tech computer systems to maneuver the boat, unlike the older boats that required brute strength.
Location: St. Augustine, Florida (USA).
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Fireboat Three Forty Three Arrives in New York Harbor