Firefighter fireboat



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Firefighter is a fireboat serving the New York City Fire Department as Marine Company 9. She was the most powerful diesel-electric fireboat when built in 1938. She has fought more than 50 fires, including upon the S.S. Normandie in 1942.
Other well known fires she participated in include the SS El Estero in 1943, and, perhaps most dramatically, the fire following the collision of Esso Brussels and SS Sea Witch in 1973. On September 11, 2001, Firefighter along with the rest of the FDNY Marine units and the John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat being restored by volunteers, were in active service pumping water from the Hudson into Ground Zero when the water mains failed.
Firefighter continues to serve today but is scheduled to be retired in 2009, and replaced by the fireboat Firefighter II.
Firefighter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.