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Brooklyn Squad 1 fire truck door.



Location: World Trade Center
Source: Gift of Fire Department - City of New York


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New York Fire Department material
Description: This collection of New York Fire Department (FDNY) equipment recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center includes a door and tail light panel from a crushed fire truck, two axe heads, and two firefighter’s pry bars.

Context: When the first hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center, the New York Fire Department immediately responded. Officers set up a command center in the lobby of the north tower and bravely rushed up the stairs to rescue the trapped occupants and put out the raging fires. When the towers collapsed, numerous trucks were crushed, and 343 members of the New York Fire Department were killed.

This door is from a FDNY rescue pumper truck destroyed in the World Trade Center collapse. The truck belonged to Squad One of Brooklyn, part of FDNY’s Special Operations Command, an elite group of firefighters who respond to unique fire and emergency situations. Squad One lost 12 members on Septmeber 11.


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Axe heads
Two axe heads, their handles burnt away, were recovered from crushed New York Fire Department trucks destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center.
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Fire truck before door collection
Brooklyn Squad 1 fire truck before the door was removed for collection by the National Museum of American History. The door was marked “1T” by the police before it was taken to the Staten Island recovery site.
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Shield of New York Fire Department Brooklyn Squad 1 truck.
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Poster honoring NYFD fallen
Poster honoring the 343 New York Fire Department firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Transcript: NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS WHO MAD THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE PERFOMANCE OF DUTY AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER [...]
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T-shirt honoring NYFD fallen
Detail of a T-shirt honoring the 343 New York Fire Department firefighters lost on September 11, 2001. Transcript: NEW YORK'S BRAVEST
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Halligan bar
This firefighter’s halligan bar, used to gain forced entry into buildings and rooms, was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.
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"The Smithsonian now has a fire truck door from the New York Fire Department..."
David Shayt
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Cultural History

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