Fireboat 343 went in service at 0900 on September 11th 2010. The boat left its berth at pier 40 at 0830 and responded to the World Trade Center site and the crew stood on the bow for a moment of silence. The boat’s name comes from the number of FDNY members killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001.
For days following the terrorist attack the only water available to the area was provided by the FDNY?s Marine Units. The Three Forty Three was built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, FL and is the largest single purpose fireboat built to date with the highest pumping capacity of any fireboat ever built. The 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar fast response boat is the country’s largest fireboat, with a maximum speed of 18 knots.
The Three Forty Three incorporates the latest technology available for marine vessels, including the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute, nearly 30,000 gallons more than its predecessor. It has an operating crew of seven.
|Dimensions||16.9 x 8.6 x 7.2 in|