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9/11 Fire Dispatch Recordings

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (351 ratings)
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In August 2005, the New York City Fire Department released approximately 23 hours of radio dispatch audio recordings from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This came after The New York Times, along with eight 9/11 families, sued to win public dissemination of the transmissions, as well as hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcribed oral histories.

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.

©2005 New York City Fire Department (P)2005 Audible, Inc.

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  • Pam
  • Lathrop, CA, USA
  • 04-25-07

cool under fire

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.

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  • Matthew
  • Paris, ON, Canada
  • 07-23-06

Historic

Interesting account of Heroism, but it is difficult to understand what is being said at times due to the method of recording.

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Riveting

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.

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Compelling

There are very few words that can be used to describe this recording of one of the worst days in American history. It is so completely unsettling to be listening to these men be dispatched to their destiny. When you hear the firefighters desperately wanting to help and just listening to them trying to reach that terrible site all you want to do is tell them to turn around and and not continue on. Then you hear the dispatcher give out orders to these men, very brave men going to their assigned deaths, 50 people in conference room on the 104th floor, people stuck on west side of tower 2 on the 98th floor and so on. You have to cry because you're there again and you are them and the voices that you hear are from men that are long dead and the dispatcher is trying to reach his men and no voices are there to hear through the silence. You can feel the losses from a whole different perspective and it is powerful.

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Real time.

Captivating and sad. Very powerful to listen to the fire dispatcher keep it together hour after hour.

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screw a headline

it could of haved a little more narration. other than that it was very informative.

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Not For Everyone

Chilling and haunting, especially for those who remember the events of that fateful day. Makes you feel close to the souls involved with those events. But not for the feint of heart.

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hard hitting

engrossing. want to run in to save and help. tears running. hard to see and hear.

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In all fairness to the author I was not able to complete this book. It was simply to painful.

Was a day like any other until .......or so my world thought. I guess all generations have their own painful story.

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What a new perspective.

What a new perspective. Picturing many being stuck under rubble to be saved & hearing their voices was chilling.

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  • MURIEL CASSERLY - Leitrim Caravan Hire
  • 02-17-19

Voices of 9/11 is easier follow

Just found this hard to follow compared to other recordings. Still harrowing to hear it 18 years on

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  • dougle
  • 11-19-18

Great listen

This was interesting but harrowing. A well put together document,off a terrible day in history.

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  • Simon Hodding
  • 12-15-17

very hard listening

this is very hard listening but is worthwhile to appreciate what the brave fire fighters went through on that terrible day