Going Coastal

CITY EYES FLA.-BUILT FIREBOATS

In Dive In on November 27, 2007 at 11:06 pm

The city has chosen a Florida company to build a $54 million pair of state-of-the-art fireboats to patrol New York Harbor. If approved by the city’s Office of Management and Budget and the Comptroller’s Office, the Panama City-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group will construct the new 140-foot boats, the FDNY said.

The new fleet will be able to travel 20 mph, twice as fast as the aging vessels currently in operation, and pump 50,000 gallons of water per minute.

The FDNY hopes to have the boats on the water sometime in 2009.

The new fireboats will replace the 68-year-old Firefighter and 52-year-old Kane, which pumped water from the Hudson River to firefighters at Ground Zero after 9/11.

The new high-tech vessels are designed to contain decontamination showers, an attachable platform to expedite evacuations and a water gun that can shoot up to 700 feet.

By PATRICK GALLAHUE and RICH CALDER

NY Post

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