August 16, 2006
"The voices of firefighters who came to rescue people from the burning World Trade Center hold clues about what happened after jetliners struck the towers on Sept. 11, 2001 - but until now, many went unheard. On Wednesday, city officials planned to publicly play voices recorded on hundreds of emergency calls for the first time. They are among 1,613 previously undisclosed emergency calls
recently discovered by city officials. The Fire Department said the calls were discovered after the city turned over more than 100 dispatches in March under a court order. Most of the calls are from firefighters asking dispatchers where they should report for duty, the department said. The New York Times and families of Sept. 11 victims sued for access to the emergency calls and firefighters' oral histories. Attorneys said they wanted to find out what happened in the towers after two hijacked jetliners crashed into them and what dispatchers told workers and rescuers in and around the buildings..."