The Hall of Flame Fire Museum is hosting an exhibit of special interest – Rescue 4, a survivor of the disaster at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The New York City Fire Department owned 5 rescue trucks on 9/11. A company served each of the city’s five boroughs. Rescue 4 served the Borough of Queens. It had a normal crew of 6 firefighters. Rescue company firefighters were the elite of FDNY firefighters with many years of experience on the job and trained in every phase of firefighting, including SCUBA and boat rescue tactics, sophisticated electric and hydraulic tools used to rescue the victims of auto accidents, building and bridge collapses, ditch cave ins and rescues from multi story buildings, basements roof rescues.
When the North and South towers of the World Trade Center were hit by air liners all five rescue companies, together with dozens of other fire companies, responded. Rescue 4 had eight firefighters aboard. It arrived at the South Tower. All eight firemen entered the tower and began evacuating victims. When the building collapsed all eight men were killed. Most of the firemen in Rescues 1, 2, 3, and 5 were also killed.
Rescue 4 suffered the least damage in the collapse of the towers. Rescue 1 and 2 were destroyed. Rescue 3 and 5 were badly damaged but were eventually restored to duty. Rescue 4 was New York’s only rescue rig for several weeks. It was in front line service until 2011, when it, together with Rescue 5, were retired to a junk yard. At this point a group of firefighters from the Chicago area established a foundation and purchased both rigs. They restored both in the Chicago area and sent them on tour to many towns and cities in the United States to educate the public about the 9/11 tragedy.
Rescue 4 arrived at the Hall of Flame in January of 2017 and will be on display through July 2017. It is a 1996 HME/Saulsbury heavy rescue truck. It serves to compliment the Hall of Flame’s exhibit on 9/11, which recognizes all 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.
Hall of Flame Museum
6101 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008