As a public service, Audible has selected nearly three hours of key, unedited transmissions by Manhattan Fire Radio. Fire Department dispatchers and firefighters in the field are heard describing the planes hitting the World Trade Center (included in Track 1), the collapse of the first tower (Track 2), and the collapse of the second tower (Track 3). These transmissions begin around 8:46 a.m. Eastern time and end at around 10:22 a.m.
This is a very compelling listen. The transmissions are heart-wrenching, and gave me an even greater respect for the fine job these firefighters do amid chaos, confusion, and devastation.
What can one say? These are the Fire Dispatch recordings from 9/11. As a unique look into how the NY Fire Dispatch operated on the worst day in recent American history, it is amazing. Cool heads prevailed, and kept things going.
It's so easy to go back in time to that terrible day by listening to these tapes. You can also hear the confusion and lack of communication. I was most surprised by a civilian who ducked into one of the fire trucks after WTC 1 collapsed and called on the radio for help!
Worth a listen!
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