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9/11 Fire Dispatch Recordings

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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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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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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Great listen

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

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very hard listening

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

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  • Pam
  • 25-04-07

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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  • Jennifer
  • 17-05-15

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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  • Matthew
  • 23-07-06

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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  • R. Moore
  • 08-11-05

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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  • Masquerade
  • 16-01-20

Difficult to hear, but still worthwhile

Because of the nature of the recordings, it can be extremely difficult to parse what someone is saying at any given time. This becomes more apparent after each tower falls, when the debris cloud and sirens and other environmental factors make human speech even more incomprehensible. However, this is still worthwhile listening. I've scoured through 9/11 documentaries and realtime footage, and I finally heard a few things I'd never heard before on this recording. You'll be impressed at the dispatcher's ability to get the information he needs, trying to free up the channel for the most urgent messages. There's a solid chunk of time after the second tower falls when you'll hear firefighters start trying to coordinate rescue and recovery efforts. If, like me, you want to know everything you can about this day, I'd recommend this as part of your research. But if you're less interested in the minutiae of the day, or if listening to radio static bothers you, I'd skip this.

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  • James Nance
  • 26-10-19

Excellent!!

Haunting to listen to. As a EMS provider I can only imagine their thoughts that day. I was coming home when it happened then like many Americans watched all day. Excellent listen!!

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  • dennis reed
  • 09-10-19

Thank you all First Responders

These guys remained professional on the absolute worst day of their careers. Good listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

Disturbing, real and awe inspiring

This dispatcher was incredible, must listen! Hard to hear sometimes, but everyone should hear this.

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  • Brandy L Higgins
  • 26-07-19

wow

this was hard to listen to... it brought me back to 9-11 ... watching the TV and seeing the towers fall and people jumping to their deaths. it was a tragic day but heroes were on call. im amazed at how well they worked together and handled the tragic event over the emergency channel. The lead guy was calm and in charge without question. He did his job well handling a situation america had never faced and in coordinating efforts he certainly saved many lives. so many firefighters lost - so many civilians lost - but the damage could have been much worst. im glad I listened to this one.

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  • J. Abramson
  • 24-03-19

Real time.

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