By Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science MonitorWASHINGTON — When the NYPD helicopter pilot circling the World Trade Center warned that "l
By Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON When the NYPD helicopter pilot circling the World Trade Center warned that "large pieces" of the South Tower looked about to topple, the report never got to the firemen inside: Their radios couldn't communicate with those of the police.
It seemed an obvious problem to fix just as it had after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. Yet three years after 9/11, the goal of compatible and adequate communication among the nation's first responders is nearly as remote as ever. Read on...