Fire Fighter (fireboat)
The fireboat Fire Fighter
|Career (New York City Fire Department)|
|Name:||Marine 9 Fire Fighter|
|Operator:||New York City Fire Department|
|Launched:||August 26, 1938|
|Homeport:||Staten Island, NY|
|Length:||134 ft (41 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Height:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Draught:||9.24 ft (2.82 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||Twin 1500 hp, 16-cylinder, 3968 CID General Motors Winton diesel engines|
Fire Fighter (fireboat)
|Architect||William Francis Gibbs|
|Governing body||New York City Fire Department|
|NRHP Reference #||89001447|
|Added to NRHP||June 30, 1989|
|Designated NHL||June 30, 1989|
FDNY Service History
Fire Fighter is a fireboat serving the New York City Fire Department. She was an active fireboat serving as Marine Company 9 until being retired in 2010. She was the most powerful diesel-electric fireboat when built in 1938. She has fought more than 50 fires, including upon the SS Normandie in 1942.
Other well-known fires she participated in include the SS El Estero in 1943, and the fire following the collision of Esso Brussels and SS Sea Witch in 1973. For her part in the rescue following the collision of Esso Brussels and Sea Witch, Fire Fighter was named a Gallant Ship. On September 11, 2001, Fire Fighter, along with the rest of the FDNY Marine units were in active service pumping water from the Hudson River into Ground Zero when the water mains failed.
Fire Fighter was retired in 2010 and replaced in frontline service by the fireboat Fire Fighter II. On October 15, 2012, the New York City Fire Department formally transferred ownership of the Firefighter to the non-profit Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, an all-volunteer group dedicated to preserving the historic Fireboat in running condition as a museum ship, befitting her over 70 years of service to the people and mariners of New York City and New York Harbor.
As a Museum Ship
Under the stewardship of the Museum, the Fire Fighter found a home in Greenport, New York on Long Island's North Fork and relocated to the Village's municipal marina from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February 2013. Eventually shifting to the village's commercial pier in accordance with their contractual agreement, the museum grew in popularity despite concerns from local fishermen who felt the vessel being was large for the poorly maintained pier in a July 2013 New York Times report. Nevertheless, the museum continued to draw large crowds to the Greenport waterfront and saw a significant uptick in its volunteer rosters through its first season in operation.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Firefighter (Fireboat)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-14.
- James P. Delgado (January 20, 1989). PDF (461 KB). National Park Service and PDF (1.26 MB)
- Kimmerly, history from 1865-1999 written by Paul Hashagen ; updated history from 2000-2002 compiled by Janet Kimmerly; book edited by Janet (2002). Fire Department, City of New York (Rev. ed. ed.). Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co. p. 142. ISBN 9781563118326.
- Lydecker, Ryck (2002). "Fireboats: few & far between". Boat/US Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
- Corey Kilgannon (2013-07-09). "Bid to Turn Fire Department Ship Into a Museum Founders". New York Times. p. A19. Archived from the original on 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-10. "Their attempts to secure a berth in the city — including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Bridge Park and waterfront locations on Staten Island and along the West Side of Manhattan — have been rejected."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Firefighter (fireboat).|
- Museum Website
- Marine 9
- "Fire Fighter" Youtube video of 2003 rechristening and operation on the water
- An artistic representation of Fire Fighter
- Information about Fire Fighter's Winton diesel engines on Old Tacoma Marine Inc.
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