Three Forty Three

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Three Forty Three and FireFighter II
Career (New York City Fire Department)
Name: Three Forty Three
Operator: New York City Fire Department
Awarded: Dec. 28, 2007
Builder: Eastern Shipbuilding Group
Yard number: 968
Laid down: May 2008
Launched: Sept. 11, 2009
Sponsored by: Department of Homeland Security
Christened: Sep. 11, 2009
Completed: April, 2010
Acquired: June 23, 2010
Commissioned: May 26, 2010
In service: Sept. 12, 2010
Homeport: Pier 53, Hudson River
Status: In Service
Notes: Predecessor: John D. McKean
General characteristics
Class & type: Fireboat
Tonnage: 500
Length: 140 ft (43 m)[1]
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Installed power: MTU 4x2000 HP engines
Propulsion: Hundested 4 X Variable Pitch Propellers
Speed: 18 kn (21 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Small Rescue Boat
Capacity: 20,000 gpm/50,000 gpm max
Crew: 7

Three Forty Three is a RAnger 4200 class Robert Allan Ltd. designed fireboat built to replace the John D. McKean to serve the New York City Fire Department as Marine Company 1.[2] It was placed into service at 0900 on September 11, 2010, nine years after the terrorist attacks.

Namesake[edit]

The boat's name comes from the number of FDNY members killed in the line of duty on September 11th, 2001. For days following the terrorist attack the only water available to the area was provided by the FDNY’s Marine Units.

Manufacturing[edit]

The Three Forty Three was built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida, and is the largest single purpose fireboat built to date with the highest pumping capacity of any fireboat ever built. A sister vessel named Fire Fighter II was delivered and placed in service with Marine 9 in November 2010 to replace the 70 year old Fire Fighter, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The two boats cost $60 million, funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, and represented the city's first major investment in new fireboats in 50 years.[3]

Features[edit]

The 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million 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.

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