Nita Greer joins Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum Board of Directors

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The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum has announced the election of Nita Greer to its Board of Directors. Greer, Vice President of Corporate Marketing Communications at Telgian Holdings, Inc., is a renowned leader in the fire protection, life safety, and security industry. Bringing to the table over three decades of expertise in marketing communications, her valuable experience includes strategy, planning, and the conception of several award-winning marketing and public relations campaigns.

Charles Ritchie, President and Founder of the Museum, commented on the election of Greer. “We are pleased to welcome Nita Greer to the Board of Directors. Her proven expertise will be instrumental as we continue to expand our outreach and share Fire Fighter’s incredible story.”

Greer herself expressed her enthusiasm for her new role: “It is an honor to serve on the Fire Fighter Board of Directors. Fire Fighter is a true American hero and a tangible example of the unwavering commitment and sacrifice of firefighters and fire protection professionals everywhere. I look forward to the opportunity to use my experience to help grow awareness of this iconic vessel, ensuring her preservation for the next generation.”

The Fire Fighter

The Fire Fighter, affectionately known as “America’s Fireboat,” has safeguarded the United States during some of its most distressing times for over seven decades. It was involved in heroic rescue operations, including the fire and subsequent capsizing of the SS Normandie and the catastrophic fire on the munitions ship El Estero during World War II.

Perhaps its greatest challenge came in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks when the fireboat was called upon to pump water from the Harbor as the city’s water hydrants had been destroyed. For a continuous two weeks, Fire Fighter and other FDNY Marine Units tirelessly provided the only source of water for the firefighting operations at Ground Zero.

Fire Fighter’s active service culminated in the successful rescue of passengers from US Airways Flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009.

The vessel, a product of the genius of renowned naval architect William Francis Gibbs, remains a marvel of engineering. Capable of pumping an incredible 20,000 gallons of water per minute, the Fire Fighter was ahead of her time, powered by one of the first diesel-electric power plants installed in a fireboat.

After 72-year service, the Fire Fighter was decommissioned in 2010. Today, it stands as a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Docked at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT, it serves as a fully operational vessel, memorial, and teaching museum.

About the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum

The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer organisation, shoulders the responsibility of preserving the formidable legacy of this historic vessel. The organisation depends on the financial support of corporate sponsors and the public.

For further information about the Fire Fighter, including event and tour details, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, please visit America’s Fireboat.

The Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, a 501c3 non-profit organisation, is committed to preserving the Fire Fighter as a fully operational vessel, memorial, and teaching museum. Its mission is made possible through the time, generosity, and expertise of the general public, contributing to the maintenance of a unique piece of American maritime history.

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