This is One Amazing Boat

July 23rd, 2012

7-23-12On the Hudson River, on west side of Manhattan, is the home of the newly renovated Marine Fire Rescue Operations of the FDNY. Firefighter Rob Hogan gave me a tour of this newly renovated state of the art facility. The main attraction is the “Three Forty Three.” This boat is 140 feet long and 500 tons, making it the country’s largest fire boat. It is named in honor of the 343 Firefighter Heroes who perished on 9/11. “On Sept. 11, we all saw how important fire boats are to New York City,” Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said in a statement. “The FDNY Marine Division rescued and transported hundreds of citizens and provided the only supply of water to battle the fires at the World Trade Center for many days.”
“The Three Forty Three will significantly improve our ability to respond to emergencies in and around New York Harbor, while also reminding us all of the incredible sacrifices so many of our members made.”

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