Report to Recommend FDNY Changes

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc.
Newsday (New York, NY)...07/27/2002

By Graham Rayman and William Murphy. STAFF WRITERS

The much-anticipated report on the Fire Department's response to the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11 recommends a more disciplined response to major emergencies, sources said Friday.

Off-duty firefighters, the report recommends, would be called in on a staggered basis, to avoid what occurred on Sept. 11, when thousands rushed to the scene.

Of the 343 firefighters who died in the collapses of the Twin Towers, 60 were off-duty.

Over the past 11 months, the issues of coordination and communication between all emergency agencies have been at the center of the debate over the lessons of Sept. 11.

The report was written by McKinsey & Co., which was hired by the Fire Department. The report focuses on operational changes.

The staggered recall of firefighters would be announced internally, rather than through the media, as occurred Sept. 11. Some firefighters might be required to report immediately, some 12 hours later, some 24 hours later, allowing a rolling roster of fresh personnel, the sources said. It is unclear when the document will be made public.