FDNY Fireboat 343 Model - The Fire Zone
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Great edition for all collectors!
Honorable way to pay tribute to
all the heroes of 9/11

  • DIMENSIONS: L 16.9" X W 8.6" X H 7.2" (Base)

  • ACTUAL SIZE OF MODEL L 12"  x W 3",  H 4.5"





OCT. 1, 2011- Without question, this limited edition model is one of the most spectacular models I've seen in over 15 years of collecting model fire apparatus.  It is "must have" for any FDNY buff or fire apparatus collector.

This model was crafted by Rich Creation International Ltd (RCI), a Hong Kong based company specializing in maritime and architecture models.

Displayed on a wood base with a descriptive plaque, the model is covered by a high quality clear acrylic cover.  It is mounted on two brass rods. 

The graphics are clear and crisp and the pant job is outstanding that emulates the graphics and color found on the real boat.

Compared to the foam monitors on the real boat, the ones displayed on the model are true to scale and design. 

Like any model, there are details that draw my attention more than others.  This model's walkways, watertight doors,  large ladder/crane with a bucket attached. and deck lighting drew mine.  WOW, the detail.  On a side note, I will fashion an American flag to hang from the models mast.

The big surprise was the fabric wrapped / brass latch  case the model comes in.  Even though this model will never see the inside of this case again, it is a great addition to this museum quality model.

Finally, I highly recommend this model.  This is one of those rare works of art that you can't keep your eyes off and comes around once in a collector's lifetime.  The professional craftsmen at RCI with their high degree of professionalism and  their uncompromised attention to detail,  make this model the center piece of any collection.   I promise you, no matter where it is displayed, it will draw comments for all who view it.  For those of you who purchase it, you will not be disappointed.

On a side note, I would love to see RCI partner with other departments to craft models of their fireboats!

Larry Lorance, Founder www.FireEngines.net


Fireboat 343 went in service at 0900 on September 11th 2010. The boat left its berth at pier 40 at 0830 and responded to the World Trade Center site and the crew stood on the bow for a moment of silence.

The boat's name comes from the number of FDNY members killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. For days following the terrorist attack the only water available to the area was provided by the FDNY’s Marine Units.

The Three Forty Three was built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, FL and is the largest single purpose fireboat built to date with the highest pumping capacity of any fireboat ever built.

The 140-foot, 500-ton, $27 million dollar fast response boat is the country’s largest fireboat, with a maximum speed of 18 knots. The Three Forty Three incorporates the latest technology available for marine vessels, including the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute, nearly 30,000 gallons more than its predecessor. It has an operating crew of seven.

One unique feature of the boat is it's ability the protect the crew by the use of a pressurized area that will also have it's air supply filtered by special charcoal and HEPA filters.

According to the New York City Fireboat Website, a large ladder/crane with a bucket attached will allow for equipment and personnel transfer to the deck of a ship when sea conditions permit. This bucket will also offer water/foam monitors, flood lights, and a closed circuit video camera which can all be operated remotely from the deck of the Fireboat. The camera feed will allow the operator of the crane to view the deck of the vessel on fire in order to direct the monitor streams down onto the fire. This camera may also feed into the command and control room to allow the Officer in Charge a view of the ship's deck, which would not normally be visible from the deck of the Fireboat.

On a WOW factor of 1-5 I give this model five WOWs!


343 FIRE BOAT MODEL SKU 1245$225.00

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