This was the scene just as the 1st Tower at the World Trade Centre collapsed. With Ladder 22 in the foreground.
Fire Personnel had been going into the buildings to assist in evacuation and to formulate a fire fighting plan. Nobody considered at the time that the buildings would collapse.
During a visit to New York last year I (John Mouland) was lucky enough to be invited to tour Ladder Company 21, a Fire Station in New York. Many of the compliment perished on the 11th September 2001. Therefore it was been agreed that monies raised will go towards the Benevolent Fund that has been set up to support the bereaved of the Fire Department of New York based at Fire House 21. At present there are in excess of 340 Fire Department Personnel missing. We raised money in three different ways. Firstly we took the Fire engine up to Fordingbridge main car park and offered to wash cars for £5.00 each. The community of Fordingbridge responded magnificently by, quite often giving us more than £5.00, just throwing money at us, even if they did not have a car or the time to stop. In this manner we raised £1700.00. Secondly, myself and 3 work colleagues from Adams Morey, as part of the annual Challenge Adventure Charities event, cycled 540 miles over 3 days from St Malo to Rocamadour in the Dordogne raising £1100.00. Finally Fordingbridge Rugby Club held an 'American Night in Fordingbridge' raising over £600.00. In total this allowed us to present a Cheque for $4898.00 to 'the Ladder Company 21, Engine 34 & Engine 26 Gift Fund'. This I carried out while my wife Julia & I were on holiday in the U.S.A. in the middle of November.
Fordingbridge Fire Fighters and their families raise money for the New York Fire Fighters families. September 2001.
Some photo's of Ground Zero two weeks after the event
The picture below shows Ladder 21 on September 11th 2001
This shows the handing over of the cheque. It is the same Fire engine, they had to get it back on the road.
Of 18 Firefighters that attended the 'World trade Centre' from the Station at 440 West 38th Street New York 12 lost their lives. 10 were from this Fire House 2 had been seconded for the duration of that fateful tour of duty. Engine 34 was completely flattened and is at the moment running with the USA equivelent of a 'Divisional Spare'.