The FDNY currently has three large fireboats, including the Bravest, supplemented by approximately a dozen smaller high speed patrol craft.
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.
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.