From the NY Times 10/9/02

After 9/11, a Question of Command

fter the World Trade Center attack, New York City's police and fire officials came under criticism for lapses in command and communication in their response to the disaster. A private consultant told the city that catastrophes of this size required a unified command overseeing the numerous emergency agencies.

But yesterday the city's police and fire commissioners said at a City Council committee hearing that a central command system was not needed. Under persistent questioning by Council members, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said that neither department was qualified to seize control of the other. They said the top leaders from each department would cooperate, communicate and coordinate to share power and responsibility in a future disaster