EMS Untold: The World Trade Center Disaster
EMS responds to the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Treating the Injured
FDNY paramedic Phil Ashby (left) assists a patient on the east side of the Trade Center Complex. (Photo Jennifer S. Altman)
Evacuation via N.Y. Harbor
A fire department vessel loaded with evacuees depart N.Y. Harbor. (Photo Ronald Jeffers)
At most MCIs, some thing—product, strategy or other—often emerges as the call’s MVP. On Sept. 11, that was the Gator. All-terrain vehicles that FDNY EMS originally brought in as part of the department’s Y2K preparation, they proved indispensable for quick transportation amid Ground Zero’s daunting terrain. “
On the 11th, the first Gator arrived with an EMS unit—two paramedics—from Queens on it,” explains Kowalczyk. “They were tremendous assets because the urban environment of lower Manhattan quickly lost paved roadways. The terrain we had to go through made the Gators the most maneuverable for people, victims and equipment.”—LD (Photo Willie Cirone)
Just a Shell
Shelled ambulances line the southbound lane of West Street just beneath the pedestrain South Bridge. (Photo Steve Spak)
Triage at the Intersection of Church and Vesey
The aftermath at Church and Vesey, a major EMS triage location prior to the collaspses. (Photo Adam Schreibman)
An Unlikely Escape
With only minutes between the towers collapses, many EMS personnel, desperate for air, escaped into vehicles. (Photo Adam Schreibman)
From Hotel to Shelter
The Millennium Hotel served as both backdrop and shelter for personnel before and after the towers collapsed. (Photo Alan Saly)
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