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Bravest (fireboat)

The Bravest is a fireboat operated by the Fire Department of New York City.[1] She was commissioned on May 27, 2011.[2]

The FDNY currently has three large fireboats, including the Bravest, supplemented by approximately a dozen smaller high speed patrol craft.[1] The two largest fireboats, Firefighter II and Three Forty Three, are among the largest and most powerful fireboats in the world. At 20 knots they are relatively fast. Bravest, at 65 feet, is comparable in size and power with many cities' largest fireboats, but it has the high speed and shallow draft of a modern high speed patrol craft.

Bravest's shallow draft of just 1 metre means she can fight fires in the shallow waters off New York City's airports.[1][3]

Her nameplate was carved from a plate of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.[3]

Fireboat Bravest -a.jpg
Specifications[1][3][4]
Length: 65 feet (20 m)
Width: 17 feet (5.2 m)
Draft: 3.25 feet (0.99 m)
Air draft: 14.5 feet (4.4 m)
Speed: 45 knots (83 km/h)
Engines: 3 x 1,000 horsepower (750 kW) diesels
Propulsion waterjets
Gallons/minute: 6000
Builder: Safe Boats International
Cost: $2.4 million
Tonnage: 80,000 pounds (36 t)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Peter Marsh (February 2011). "SAFE Boats International Delivers One of the World's Fastest Fireboats to New York: The 64-foot Bravest Made Its Debut in Seattle" (PDF). NW Yachting magazine. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  2. ^ "FDNY Celebrates Launch of Newest Fireboat: "Bravest" makes its debut during Fleet Week". Firefighter Nation. 2011-05-27. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  3. ^ a b c "Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano commissions new FDNY fireboat, Bravest". FDNY. 2011-05-26. Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  4. ^ John Snyder (2011-10-28). "Pilots, Fire, Patrol". Professional Mariner. Retrieved 2015-06-30. The 64- by 17-foot boat has a minimum operating draft of just 3.25 feet, with an air draft of 14 feet 6 inches. Power comes from three CAT C18 diesels, each rated at 1,000 hp at 2,300 rpm, with Twin Disc MG 5135 SC gears and Hamilton 403 water jets, giving Bravest a top speed of about 45 knots. A Kohler 20-kW genset housed in a deck box provides auxiliary electrical power.