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"Fireships to the left and the right."
Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The F-143, also known as a Coruscant fire suppression ship, emergency firespeeder,[1] emergency fire suppression speeder, firespeeder,[2] or fireship (also phrased fire ship),[4] was a model of speeder utilized for fire suppression.

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Fireships dousing the Invisible Hand

The F-143 emergency firespeeder was a fire suppression ship manufactured by Rothana Heavy Engineering. Designed to provide essential disaster relief, these speeders carried several fire-retardant agents including tanks of water and foam on the ship's undercarriage. These fire-fighting solutions were released through pressurized dousers mounted to the vehicle's four wingtips.[1]

A tractor beam projector was fitted below the heat-resistant cockpit to shift debris during emergencies. The interior was equipped with a medical bay where crewmembers could treat serious injuries quickly, and the exterior featured flashing emergency lights.[1]

The ship was equipped with water spray, foam spray, fire retardant and agents.[1]

History[]

Naboo firespeeders during Operation Cinder

"—Get the dousers on it!"
"We need more help here, mobilize all the fire teams!"
―Fire teams during the attack on Naboo[src]

The Galactic Republic made use of fireships during the Clone Wars,[5] crewed by members of the Coruscant Rescue Ops equipped with radiation-proof suits and handheld fire suppression hoses.[1]

Several fireships were mobilized in an attempt to put out the flaming wreck of the Invisible Hand as it crash-landed on Coruscant, at the conclusion of the Battle of Coruscant. Fire crews followed the wreck down to an airstrip landing, dousing flames on the hull with their dousers.[5]

The Royal House of Naboo also maintained fire teams, who were mobilized during the Imperial Operation: Cinder following the Battle of Endor. The teams' dousers were brought to bear on the fires caused by typhoon-strength storms.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

"When the ship [the Invisible Hand] crashes, there can be fireships pouring foam on it."
―George Lucas, at a meeting with artists working on Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith[src]

The emergency fire suppression speeder was conceived on February 7, 2003 by George Lucas for his 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[6]

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