Firefighting

REPORT FROM THE CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT

Issue 9 and Volume 155.

BY DANIEL NIGRO We heard and felt the plane hit the Trade Center from our headquarters in Brooklyn. There was a huge column of smoke. Chief of Department Peter Ganci and I drove to the site together to start formulating plans. As we responded over the Manhattan Bridge, we could see the tremendous smoke. I said to Chief Ganci, “This is going to be the worst day of our lives.” Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer had transmitted a third alarm, and Chief Ganci upgraded that to a fifth-alarm response before we even arrived on scene. We arrived on West Street, stopping at the field communications unit parked in the middle of the street. There was so much debris raining down, and there were the jumpers. So we moved the command post to the west side of the street. We were at this position when the second plane hit. Chief Ganci transmitted…

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