New York Fire Department 9/11 audio tapes released

Posted on August 14, 2005 in MSN VirtualEarthGoogle EarthGoogle Maps

MSNBC has a comprehensive listing of the audio tapes just released by the New York City Fire Department. They’ve also provided a pretty good interactive timeline of what happened on September the 11th, 2001. From the MSNBC site:

Aug. 12: Audiotapes of emergency personnel’s two-way radio traffic from the World Trade Center response on Sept. 11, 2001, were released, along with written memories of the first responders.

This was after a ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals as outlined in this press statement by the New York York City Fire Department:

Pursuant to a ruling issued by the New York State Court of Appeals on March 24, 2005, the Fire Department today is releasing additional records related to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. In accordance with this ruling, these materials are being released with appropriate redactions provided for under the court’s decision. Prior to the court’s ruling, the Fire Department voluntarily provided numerous materials related to the attacks. The Department believes that the materials being released today – including oral histories and radio communications – will serve to further confirm the bravery and courage of our members who responded to the World Trade Center. It is the Department’s hope that the release of these records will not cause our members and their families any additional pain or anguish.

An article entitled City to Release Thousands of Oral Histories of 9/11 Today in the New York Times describes how The New York Times sought the records under the freedom of information law in February 2002, but the Bloomberg administration refused to make them public and the newspaper sued the city. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, ordered the city to release most, but not all, of the records.

The New York Times Oral histories of rescue workers and audio of dispatch transmissions makes an interesting read as does their Sept11 site.

A view of Ground Zero from Google Maps, Google Earth or via MSN Virtual Earth (where the Twin Towers are still standing). Also obtain a live view of Ground Zero via Earthcam.

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