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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.

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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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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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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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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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911 fire dispatch review

horrible way to end...why cut out just when it was getting good? play all!

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So Compelling

I wish there was more. It is a day that all Americans remember and to hear the firefighters events that day is so heartbreaking yet I was compelled to listen.

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wow

amazing bravery and it just pulls you back to that day. I'm humbled by their collective actions of unselfish duty.,

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Wow! .... Riveting!

Voices of those dedicated Fire Fighters from that tragic September day - before and after, the unimaginable happened.........

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