FDNY . Fire Department of the City of New York
Photos with respect and gratitude of the brave FDNY
Fire Department of the City of New York
Establishes July 31 1865
Moto : New York's Bravest
Heroes we shall never forget
On September 11, 2001,
343 Fire Fighters lost their lives.
FDNY fire companies and EMS crews were deployed to the World Trade Center minutes after Flight 11 struck the north tower. Chief officers set up a command center in the lobby as first arriving units entered the tower and firefighters began climbing the stairs.
The command center was totaly destroyed when the tower collapsed.
The FDNY deployed 121 engine companies, 62 truck companies, 5 rescue companies, 6 squad companies, 27 Chief Officers, along with many other units to the site, with more than 1,000 firefighters, EMTs and paramedics on the scene when the towers collapsed.
Many firefighters arrived at the World Trade Center without meeting at the command centers. Problems with radio communication caused commanders to lose contact with many of the firefighters who went into the towers; those firefighters were unable to hear evacuation orders.
There was practically no communication with the New York City Police Department, which had helicopters at the scene. When the towers collapsed, hundreds were killed or trapped within.
343 FDNY firefighters who responded to the attacks lost their lives that day.
Hundreds of firefighter funerals were held in the weeks to follow,
including 16 in one day on Saturday, September 29, 2001.