Leadership

Response to Crash of Flight 3407

Issue 8 and Volume 162.

By David Case On February 12, 2009, at 10:20 p.m., the Clarence Center (NY) Volunteer Fire Company and Clarence Fire District #1 were dispatched to 6050 Long Street for a reported airplane crash and house on fire. A Continental commuter plane heading to Buffalo, New York, from Newark, New Jersey, carrying 45 passengers and four crew members, crashed into a house, killing all onboard and one resident in the home. Miraculously, two other people who lived in that home were able to make it out and suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital for evaluation. This article describes the operations of that evening through the following day through my eyes, the incident commander. Clarence Center Fire Company is a volunteer fire protection corporation contracted by the town of Clarence, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. We provide fire, rescue, and EMS protection to the citizens in the district.…

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