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Fire, Police Rivalry Hampered 9/11 Rescue

Rivalry between New York’s police and fire departments and conflicting advice from emergency teams on Sept. 11, 2001, hampered efforts to save lives as the Twin Towers collapsed in a smoldering heap, the commission investigating the attacks said on Tuesday. The panel, meeting less than 2 miles from the former site of the World Trade Center, also said major communications problems bedeviled the largest rescue operation in New York’s history. Nearly 3,000 people, including around 343 firefighters and 23 police officers, died in the suicide airplane attacks on New York and Washington. Commissioners had promised the two days of public testimony on emergency response would be among the most emotional and “gut-wrenching” to date, and tempers flared amid tough questioning about failures in the doomed rescue mission. Full Story

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