I'm always surprised at folks who think that a given piece of apparatus will never be used. Granted, there are no refineries that I'm aware of in NYC, and that's the primary reason that Ferrara developed this type of rig . . . but New York has seen more than its share of large fires where huge volume master streams would have been useful. If this were not the case, why would the big boats have been built with monster master stream capability (yeah, right . . . for use on the water, doh). But I think my point is valid. Take, for instance the 7th alarm at Box 103 in Brooklyn on Jan 31, 2015. (https://nycfire.net/forums/threads/1-31-15-brooklyn-7th-alarm-box-103.35290/). Both Marine 9 and Marine 6 used their biggest master streams for several days on this warehouse fire. Perhaps the new "super pumper" might have been of use at this fire, if they could have found a good position for it. Another possible use might have been the huge gas explosion in Jamaica back when. What about that pallet yard fire a few weeks ago? Will it be used every day? Of course not. How many times did the Foam Tender respond during its service life? Will the new pumper be cost effective? Maybe not . . . but I cannot help but believe that the occasion will arise when FDNY will be glad they have it.
I responded to a fifth alarm at Myrtle and Nostrand in the early seventies. It was a fully involved 4 or 5 story factory spreading into the rear exposures. We had several stangs and multiversals in operation, which was a waste of time. The supertender pulled up, and supplied by the superpumper, made the fire look like a joke. A few seconds in each window, one after another, and the fire was knocked down in what it seemed like a matter of minutes. That much water is needed now and then.