Ryan Announces $500,000 in Funding For Repairs to the Historic Edward M. Cotter Fireboat

December 17, 2018

Buffalo – Assemblyman Sean Ryan was joined today by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Common Council Member Chris Scanlon, and Jessie Fisher of Preservation Buffalo Niagara along with representatives from The Buffalo Fire Department, “Friends of the Cotter” and The Fireboat EM Cotter Conservancy to announce $500,000 in funding for needed repairs to the Edward M. Cotter fireboat.

The Cotter, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, acts as the primary icebreaker for Buffalo’s waterways in addition to serving the community as an active fire engine. The work will include a total replacement of the ship’s hull, replacement of the ship’s propellers and the welding approximately 800 rivets. Repairs to the Rudder, Tail Shafts and Main Engine will also be made while the boat is in dry-dock for the hull replacement.

Originally built in 1900, The Edward M. Cotter is the world’s oldest active fireboat and has been a staple on the Buffalo River for over a century. This collaboration between the State and City of Buffalo will allow the Cotter to continue to effectively serve the community.

“The Edward M. Cotter is a tremendous asset that provides a vital service to our community,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan. “These repairs will allow The Cotter to continue to serve our community both as an icebreaker, and an active fire engine for decades to come. I thank Mayor Brown, Council Member Scanlon, The Buffalo Fire Department, and the Fire Fighters Union for coming together to help protect and preserve the Cotter.”