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Were The Fireman Of 9/11 Properly Acquitted Of Their Efforts?

The firemen who participated in the 9/11 attack’s cleaning of the area and saving the people from the miserable deaths were highly appreciated, and even now, they are considered heroes. During the attack, the World Trade Center was in the normal routine, and the building had people who were working on their regular tasks. After the attack, the firemen were the only people who started saving the people inside the building.

There were an outnumbered people who were thankful for the firefighters and the other responsible authorities. It is stated in a number of discussions and considerations that if the firefighters were found to stick to their job, only then the death rate of the disaster would be doubled. The main aim of the paper is to discuss how the firefighters really put all their efforts into minimizing the loss as much as possible and according to and even beyond their duties.

One of the firefighters, Steve Buscemi, who is acting in the United States media industry, performed his duties as a firefighter in the 9/11 attack. He explained his story of saving people in the 9/11 attack as the most shocking incident for all of New York City. He elaborated on his job that, for that moment, they were working there as firefighters, but when we saw that the aid was missing for helping the injured people at the site, they had to finish their work immediately and get involved in saving people. He said his sense of danger was dead for himself, and his feeling of protecting others was overwhelmed. He also explained that on that day, he consistently worked more than his shift, and after that, he used to work 12 hours and even more for the help of the people so that there would be as many people as possible to survive.

Steve also worked as a firefighter advocate, and he discussed the efforts of firefighters as admirable. There was his statement when he was found famous all over the country after the 9/11 attack. It was that the firefighters were supposed to help others and each other and work for their own satisfaction. They always know that someone is in need, but they never know that they are also in need.

The control room informed all the safety departments about the 9/11 emergency, and everyone rushed towards the World Trade Center. A firefighter named Lt. Mike Quilty and his colleagues used to work on a regular basis and never stopped helping people who were in trouble. They explain that when they saw the World Trade Center burning into fire and the concrete of the building turning into dumps, they only thought that this was the end of the world and they were supposed to protect as many people as possible.

A number of people who were connected with the communication networks at that moment explained that the people in the control room were not attending to them, and they were completely ignored. Here the scenario was different, when a big part of the building was dump down on the floor, then everyone just thought that this is the end and nobody could be survived at all now. This time for Manhattan, New York, was an emergency, and there were unlimited calls coming from uncountable people. Everyone was supposed to describe the situation, and many who were engaged in the site or trapped inside the building were ignored. The fault here was explained by many of the control rooms, which didn’t respond to the calls. People started to call the control rooms, and they didn’t realise the current busy schedule of the people in the control rooms.

If estimated according to the reports, almost everyone was at the site after some time at the WTC site. Not a single firefighter truck stopped. Some were at the filling stations, some were travelling towards the site and performing the duties. Even the non-Manhattan firefighters were also available for the additional requirements. The firefighters were working for more than their shifts. The people felt bad when most of them returned after a tiring schedule, but the rest was a human need that was required by every firefighter. Some of the most important perceptions of the people against the firefighters were that they were not working at the site and were standing beside them. Some were not performing their jobs as they should. All these points were considered by the firefighter association, but since these perceptions were of the common public who critically analyzed the situation, which was their right.

The final comments from the associations and the government institutes were positive, and they explained the limitations of the firefighters and their duties. There was a discussion which lasted for weeks that the firefighter should have done their jobs differently to limit the damage. This discussion was analyzed as well as ignored because, in the site where the ashes and concrete were everywhere, nobody was able to help anyone but trying to overcome the damage only. The lives of the people were the first priority, and because of this everything was ignored, the firefighters was supposed to find the people trapped inside the dump of the building. Since Manhattan is a highly populated area and the buildings are close to each other, firefighters were prevented from cutting and throwing concrete from the above floors onto the ground. This caused great difficulty and a time-consuming task to evacuate the building as soon as possible to help out the injured and to eliminate the dead bodies from the World Trade Center’s building area.

In my opinion, a firefighter is a post which is associated with protecting anything from fire. The security of the people engaged in the situation is also the first priority. Every department has its own job. Most of the firefighters, after the elimination of the fire, also act as the lifesavers of the people who are trapped in the site where the destruction happened.

In a number of ways above, it is finalized that the firefighters are properly acquitted of their efforts. They didn’t step back from their own work and completed their work efficiently with respect to their abilities and considering their limitations. Despite the negative perceptions of the people who witnessed the situation, it is understood that the firefighters completely put all their efforts into helping the people get out of the World Trade Center building. There are many firefighters who didn’t sleep for more than twenty-four hours while serving at the site. The Manhattan firefighters were helped by the other area firefighters, and they collectively managed to overcome the issue as soon as possible. Even after seventeen years, the World Trade Center incident is in the memories of the people as crystal clear as it’s a yesterday thing. They argue even today that it took a long time to help the people to get out of the building. Not even a single person knows about the facts and figures. If studied in detail and analyzed, the problems would be understood completely.

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