Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

WTC “INVESTIGATION”?: A CALL TO ACTION

Issue 1 and Volume 155.

Never again! In the wake of the World Trade Center, we are left with many thoughts-thoughts of friends lost, thoughts of devastated families, thoughts of the tremendous impact on so many lives for so many years to come. Yet, we-America’s fire service-are left with one critical thought: How can we prevent a disaster like this from ever happening again? Yes, it was the terrorist pilots who slammed two jetliners into the Twin Towers. It was the ensuing fire, however, that brought the towers down. Make no mistake about it: This high-rise collapse was no “fluke.” The temperatures experienced and heat release rates achieved at the World Trade Center could be seen in future high-rise fires. There are many, many questions to be asked by us about the World Trade Center collapse and its implications on high-rise firefighting across the nation. Some questions are political, many are technical, others are philosophical.…

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