NYC first responder communication improves 10 years after 9/11.

On Sept. 11, 2001, as firefighters rushed into the smoldering…

On Sept. 11, 2001, as firefighters rushed into the smoldering twin towers, their radios went dead. Police on the scene couldn’t hear orders from their superiors. And none of the agencies responding to the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack could communicate with one another.

“To this day, I have nightmares of police officers calling for help and not being able to answer them,” said Bruce Adler, who was a radio dispatcher that day.

In the years since, New York City emergency agencies have upgraded equipment to adapt to the unforeseen, built in redundancies and increased training. Historically tense relationships among police and firefighters have eased some: The agencies train together and can now talk via radios in an emergency.

But first responders here say it’s not good enough and they hope legislation will be passed by the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 authorizing creation of a national network where police and fire departments around the country can talk to each other and share photos, video and other critical data.

Source: Coleen Long for the The Associated Press via Law Officer.

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