•The vessel is the longest and heaviest fireboat in the world, Mr. Cassano said. Its speed is about double that of the McKean, and it pumps about 50,000 gallons of water a minute — about 30,000 more than the McKean. (A regular fire truck pumps about 1,000 gallons a minute.) For fuel fires, the new boat has 3,600 gallons of foam concentrate; the McKean had 500.
•The Three Forty Three has a pressurized cabin, "and there will be filters for the air so we can get close to a hot zone," said Mr. Cassano, referring to chemical spills. "In the past, if we knew there was a chemical incident we couldn't get very close."
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