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Fire warden's whistle.


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


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Building safety equipment
Description: This fire warden's whistle and badge were recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.

Context: Fire and emergency training is especially important in a high-rise building. In accordance with New York City Local Law 5, tenants of the World Trade Center were required to appoint safety teams for each floor they occupied. The Port Authority provided training and supplies, including a whistle, red cap, flashlight, and badge, for each floor warden. In addition, every tenant was required to participate in a fire drill at least once every six months.

By most accounts, the evacuation of the World Trade Center buildings was quick and orderly. According to newspaper reports, 99 percent of the people below the points of impact survived, and at the time of collapse, the stairways were reported largely clear of building occupants. For those above the impact zones or trapped in elevators, however, there was no escape.

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Fire warden's badge
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Fire Safety Guide
The Port Authority developed this emergency procedures manual and provided it to World Trade Center floor wardens.
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U. S. Justice Department anti-terrorism report
With uncanny prescience, the cover of this training manual pictures the north tower of the World Trade Center in the cross hairs of a gun sight. This self-study course for first responders was issued in 1999, following the passage of the federal Anti-Terrorism [...]
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"...there were really no large objects recovered..."
William Yeingst
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Social History

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