Two New Fireboats for FDNY
Conceptual drawings property of Robert Allan LTD
MFI consulted on the design of the world's largest Fireboats.
Marine Firefighting Inc. was retained by The New York City Office of Management and Budget to consult with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) on the review of the design specifications for their two new 140' Fireboats. These new boats will bring the New York City Fire Department's Marine Division into a new age of marine technology. With a maximum projected output of 50,000 gallons per minute these Fireboats will have the greatest pumping capacity of any Fireboat in the world. (The need for this increased pumping capacity was graphically displayed as FDNY's existing fireboats supplied the only water available for many days after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.) However, the technological advances of these new boats do not end there. The boats original design by Robert Allan LTD. of Vancouver, B.C. will catapult FDNY's Marine Division into the twenty first century and beyond.
Because of the very real threat of additional terrorist attacks after 9/11/01 the boats will also be capable of monitoring Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive agents (C-BRNE). While doing this the crew will be protected in a pressurized area that will also have its air supply filtered by special HEPA filters.
Another ingenious feature of these vessels is the addition of a forward ballast tank which will, in affect, allow the boat to lower itself in the water in order to match its deck level with that of the large Staten Island ferries which travel the waters of New York harbor. This will permit easier boarding of the ferry by Firefighters and other emergency responders and will also facilitate the safe transfer of passengers to the fireboat should the ferry need to be evacuated. The Fireboat's normal deck level will be higher to allow the vessel to achieve its maximum speed without having its decks wet during its forward movement.
The addition of a small rescue boat, which can be easily deployed from a ramp in the stern of the fireboat, will allow for fire operations and rescues in the many shallow waters in and around New York City. This ramp, as well as a dedicated stern platform and diver retrieval ladder, will enable this new Fireboat to also act as a dive boat for FDNY SCUBA divers.
Decontamination and first aid will be handled by use of a de-con shower area that will lead to a triage and first aid station. The Fireboat design will enable it to respond with as many as 50-land based Firefighters within an indoor area out of the elements. These Firefighters would be ferried to the ship fire or other emergency.
Included in the design is a command and control area where Chief Officers will be able to monitor and direct the operations with the aid of remote cameras and a large array of state-of-the-art communication equipment.
A large ladder/crane with a bucket attached will allow for equipment and personnel transfer to the deck of a ship when sea conditions permit. This bucket will also offer water/foam monitor/s, flood lights, and a closed circuit video camera which can all be operated remotely from the deck of the Fireboat. The camera feed will allow the operator of the crane to view the deck of the vessel on fire in order to direct the monitor streams down onto the fire. This camera may also feed into the command and control room to allow the Officer in Charge a view of the ship's deck, which would not normally be visible from the deck of the Fireboat.
The pilot house is so configured as to allow a 360 degree view for the vessels pilot to enable him/her to maneuver the vessel in tight quarters and when approaching the side of a large ship. This approach can be very dangerous. (See Newsletter 16 on MFIs web site at www.marinefighting.com)
Marine Firefighting Inc. is proud to have played a part in the design of these new fireboats which should serve the people of New York City well into the second half of this new century. If your commercial marine company or Fire Department is planning to build a boat with firefighting capabilities why not get the firemanic input from the experts. Contact Marine Firefighting Inc. before you invest in this large budget item. After your boat is delivered it's too late to make any changes.
Here you can view the Christening ceremony in New York City
God bless all those we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Never Forget.
God bless the crews of these new boats.
The President of Marine Firefighting Inc., Tom Guldner, is a retired 33-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. Tom spent the last 10-years of his Firefighting career as the officer of FDNY's only full time fire/rescue boat and as the training officer of FDNY's Marine Division.
He also held a USCG 100 ton Ship's Master's License and is a nationally certified instructor. Tom has addressed both Firefighter and Mariner Conventions on all aspects of Marine Firefighting. In March of 2003 he addressed the Lloyds of London Conference "Fire on Ships" and is a participating member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers panel on Fishing Vessel Safety and Stability and the panel on Small Working Vessel Operations and Safety. Tom is also a Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Merchant Vessels
In 2002 Tom addressed the Work Boat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana and Professional Mariner Magazine's "MarCas Expo" in Baltimore, Maryland with a seminar entitled, "What To Do When Land-Based Firefighters Must Board Your Vessel" and another presentation recognizing the great job performed on September 11, 2001 by all the work boats in New York harbor. His seminars have also been delivered to Fire Departments, marinas, and commercial marine companies all over the USA, Canada, and England.
Marine Firefighting Inc. has also just completed training tug boat crews in the use of the new Firefighting equipment aboard the tug boats for Moran Towing, McAllister Towing, and Crescent Towing. The training also included information about handling Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) fires and emergencies. This is being done as these tugs will be escorting large LNG tankers into US waters. (See Our web site for details about this training.)
If you need a consultant or have any questions for The Marine Firefighting Institute, or if you would like to schedule any of our over 30-hours of training seminars for your company or Fire Department you can e-mail Tom Guldner MarineFires@aol.com at MarineFires@aol.com Please also visit us at www.MarineFirefighting.com