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    After well over a year in production, The History Channel will soon broadcast a documentary on the history of the Fireboats of the New York City Fire Department.

    The 90 minute program will cover fireboat development since our first boat in 1866; some of the many fires, disasters, and emergencies these boats have worked at over the years; and the heroic exploits of their crews – many of which are interviewed.

    There are also segments on the restoration of the 1931 fireboat John J. Harvey (see www.fireboat.org); and the fireboats’ role at the World Trade Center and their rescue of Captain Fuentes.

    The program is scheduled to be shown on Monday night, September 8, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. Check your local listing as the date gets close since these schedules have been known to change at the last minute. The title is “The Fireboats of 9/11.” The History Channel’s press release is attached.

    The program was produced by Dreamtime Entertainment (www.dreamtimeentertainment.com) and was done with the cooperation of the New York Fire Department (FDNY).

    I was historical consultant on the project.



    Al Trojanowicz, Marine Historian (FDNY, ret.)

  • #2
    I actually fought a pier fire from the Harvey back in the late 80's....
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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    • #3
      E229Lt ALERT!!!

      Hey Al!

      Caught the documentary last night.....and lo and behold...there you were!!! I yell to the wife: "Hey, there's Al!!"...she looks at me kinda funny: "How do you know him?" "Um, well, see...I surf the net at work and, um...never mind, he's a jake." "Oh, OK"...and goes back to downstairs to finish 'For Love or Money 2'..trash TV!!

      Seriously though...great special!!! Great work!! Congrats!!!

      -Derek

      Once again....the above views are my own and not that of my department. (And probably should not be construed as having any real meaning, whatsoever!)

      IACOJ

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      • #4
        I got home late last night, due to MA drill, so I missed the 1st 1/2 hour. What I did catch was great. Told the wife that I am gonna take the kids in and see the boats, if at all possible. My 5 year old stayed up late to watch the show with me and he cannot wait to see the fireboats.


        Gonna have to catch the 1st 1/2 hour when I can.


        ps. what section of the program is Al in?
        I.A.C.O.J. Firefighter/EMT-B

        "I'm gonna drill a hole in your skull and pump out all the stupidity"
        Gunny Ermey


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        • #5
          Great show!

          I had the pleasure of taking a boat ride on the Firefighter when I first started my career 18 years ago and than recieved a ride on the John D Mckean while attending firstline school in your fair city last year. They are both amazing boats with long and distiguished service. I hope they continue to serve for many years to come.
          Last edited by Ltmdepas3280; 09-09-2003, 12:47 PM.
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          • #6
            I'm like Tanker, I only caught the last half of the show but what I saw was outstanding!

            Great job LT!

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            • #7
              Al Trojanowicz is not the real name of the Lt from E229. I will allow him to decide whether or not he wants to give up his real name. But I will say that the Lt is a bit younger than Mr Trojanowicz and weighs a bit less. Just to avoid a bit of confusion.

              Back on topic, I too watched the show and found it very interesting and also felt some of the feelings from that day coming back. This firefighter will never forget!
              Shawn M. Cecula
              Firefighter
              IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lewiston2Capt
                Al Trojanowicz is not the real name of the Lt from E229. I will allow him to decide whether or not he wants to give up his real name. But I will say that the Lt is a bit younger than Mr Trojanowicz and weighs a bit less. Just to avoid a bit of confusion.

                Back on topic, I too watched the show and found it very interesting and also felt some of the feelings from that day coming back. This firefighter will never forget!
                If I got the ID wrong, I apologize. I didn't mean to call anyone out. My bad.....

                -Devil
                Once again....the above views are my own and not that of my department. (And probably should not be construed as having any real meaning, whatsoever!)

                IACOJ

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                • #9
                  Devil,
                  I just noticed some confusion in the real identity of E229lt. Thought I would clear it up before it got too far. E229lt is in fact a Lt. of E 229 in Brooklyn. But he is not Al Trojanowicz. No harm, no foul.
                  Shawn M. Cecula
                  Firefighter
                  IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS

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                  • #10
                    Historic fireboat's foe: The scrap pile

                    An ancient fireboat with a history of heroic crews, one of which pumped water on the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center, now needs a savior of its own. The John J. Harvey valiantly patrolled the waters around New York City for decades, but the 75-year-old vessel is docked upstate in desperate need of funds for an extensive rehabilitation. "She's an incredibly important boat, as the first modern fireboat and as a reminder of our city's history on water," said Huntley Gill, one of the ship's coordinators. "No one wants to lose her." Built by the FDNY as its firefighting flagship, the 130-foot vessel became a model for fireboats around the world when it hit the water in 1931. The ship fought two of the region's most famous nautical fires: in 1942, it battled the raging inferno that sank the Normandie, then the most opulent* ocean liner in the world. A year later, it helped subdue a blaze aboard the ammunition ship El Estero, preventing an explosion that would have endangered thousands of lives around New York Harbor, said Tim Ivory, the vessel's chief engineer. Painted red, white and black, the 268-ton steel ship fought fires for the FDNY until it was decommissioned in 1995 and appeared destined for the scrap heap. But a team of eight preservationists bought the boat for $28,000 in 1999 and turned it into a floating museum that gives tours of the Hudson for some of New York's underprivileged youths. The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, pressed it back into service. After the first plane hit the twin towers, several of the boat's crew assembled at its West Side pier and ventured south to evacuate workers from lower Manhattan. "I couldn't get across the George Washington Bridge, so I bummed a ride from another boat and got across the river to the John J. Harvey," Ivory said. "We had to do something." The ship was contacted by the FDNY and asked to help put water on the fire, because the hydrants near Ground Zero were not working. For the next 80 hours, the ancient boat - without a single active firefighter aboard - fed a line of hoses that helped subdue the raging fire. "We simply did not stop. We knew they needed our help and didn't care how old our boat was," Ivory said. "I was happy to be helping by doing what I know best." Today, however, the ship is in dire need of repair. From Kingston, N.Y., it will be moved to a dry dock in Bridgeport, Conn., for a major overhaul, said Jessica DuLong, one of the boat's engineers. The state offered a matching grant of $320,000, but the full gift is only accessible if the boat's owners raise $640,000, Gill said. Supporters have solicited $160,000 so far and are planning a major fund-raiser early next year. "One way or another, we will raise the money we need," he said. "The boat is too important to let go
                    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                    343
                    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                    Charleston 9
                    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                    • #11
                      Keep us posted about the fundraiser, I'll donate whatever I can.-G.
                      IAFF

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                      • #12
                        Now, could some FDNY people come down to Houston and explain to our people why we should control fire suppresion along our Ship Channel? We don't run the local fireboats.
                        Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by johnny46
                          Now, could some FDNY people come down to Houston and explain to our people why we should control fire suppresion along our Ship Channel? We don't run the local fireboats.

                          Out of currocity who does?

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                          • #14
                            Port Authority I believe isn't it johnny?

                            Even though it's inside city limits I think it goes back to annexation laws or something like that. There are so many levels of quasi-government it's hard to keep track of things.
                            Brian P. Vickers
                            www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                            Emergency Services Consulting
                            Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                            Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                            • #15
                              I was checking History Channel's website to get a dvd of the show- is it "Fireboats Of 911", or is this a newer show on fireboats?

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