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America’s Fireboat, Fire Fighter, will visit the Boston Harbor this June in support of the NFPA Conference & Expo® and our 125th anniversary

Courtesy of Telgian Inc., the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum will be coming to Boston on June 6, docking at the Moakley Courthouse Dock in the Boston Harbor. The Fire Fighter is the most award-honored fireboat in the world and a true embodiment of the commitment and sacrifice of firefighters and fire protection professionals across the nation. While showcasing its historic importance and the value of its preservation, the vessel’s arrival in Boston next month represents its support for the NFPA Conference & Expo® (C&E) and our 125th anniversary.

To kick things off, an event will be held on Monday, June 6 at 10am. Guests will hear from NFPA and Fire Fighter representatives, including Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO; James Tomes, who serves on The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum Board of Directors and is president and CEO of Telgian; and Charles Ritchie, president & founder of the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum. Remarks addressing the shared commitment to protecting people and property from fire throughout the decades will be followed by a pageant-filled water display. In addition, public tours of the fireboat will be offered from June 6 through June 11, with tickets available online.

Known as America’s Fireboat, Fire Fighter has provided courageous service protecting the US for more than seven decades during some of the most harrowing incidents in American history, including:

  • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: Fire Fighter spent three weeks in a marathon pumping operation for firefighting and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
  • US Airways Flight 1549 Hudson River Landing: Fire Fighter participated in the rescue efforts of passengers aboard US Airways Flight 1549 when it landed in the Hudson River.
  • World War II: Fire Fighter stood ready to protect the New York Harbor as ammo-laden ships were preparing to depart for war in Europe and provided courageous service during fires on the historic SS Normandie and munitions ship El Estero.

Decommissioned in 2010, today The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the fireboat as a fully operational vessel, memorial, and teaching museum.

 Learn about all the NFPA Conference & Expo events and activities scheduled in Boston this June 6-8 at www.nfpa.org/conference.

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Susan McKelvey
Communications Manager

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