High-performance Fire Boats for the New York City Fire Department
By Dez Duran-Lamanilao
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is commemorating the lives of the 343 fire fighters, including a chaplain and two paramedics. Firefighters who sacrificed their lives while responding to the terrorist attacks that caused the collapse of the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City on September 11, 2001.
The FDNY’s long history of fighting fires on land and the sea is probably one of the reasons that made it one of the busiest ports in the world. The department is reported to be operating the most modern and powerful fire boats in the world. To name a few, they have the “Firefighter” Marine 9, the “Three Forty Three,” and the “Fire Fighter II.”
Large fires used to occur at America’s ports and waterfronts during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, until the country eventually saw a decline in firefighting activities in the 20th century, when cities and ports started upgrading and modernizing their facilities.
In the picture below, fireboat “Fire Fighter” is shown battling a pier fire and explosion in Brooklyn, New York on December 3, 1956 (picture sourced from the John Landers – Beth Klein Collection):
Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics is currently working with its manufacturing partners to meet the descriptions set by the FDNY. New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta promised that the new fireboats will be bigger, faster and better equipped than any other vessel. Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics has been serving the industrial market for more than 35 years but mainly specializes in the marine market. Whether you need to refurbish and upgrade an old boat or design a new one, the company prides itself as utilizing cutting edge technology to fabricate, install and maintain systems of various types and specifications.