Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano commissioned the newest FDNY fireboat, Three Forty Three on Wednesday, May 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Earlier in the day the Three Forty Three led the Parade of Ships up the Hudson River, marking the start of Fleet Week, before docking at the Intrepid for the evening ceremony.
“Perhaps the greatest tribute we can ever pay to all 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th is to give all FDNY members the most advanced tools and equipment so they have the best possible chance of coming home to their loved ones at the end of each day,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “That’s why it gives me so much pride to help commission this new fireboat into our fleet.”
“The Three Forty Three is the most technically advanced fireboat in the world,” said Commissioner Cassano. “The name of this ship will remind each and every person who sees it in action protecting the Port of New York and the surrounding waterways; and every firefighter who operates aboard it, of the supreme sacrifice made by so many of our members on September 11th, ensuring that we never forget.”
Upon the completion of training for firefighters from the Marine Division, the Three Forty Three will be assigned to Marine 1 stationed on the Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan.