By Dale Pierce, former firefighter, California Division of Forestry
and Rudy Dent, retired firefighter, The Fire Department of New York
We are firefighters with a very personal stake in the events of 9/11. Hear us out.
On September 11, 2001, three major steel-framed building collapsed due to fire, killing 343 firefighters. World Trade Center Building 7, which was not hit by an airplane, was completely destroyed by “normal office fires,” according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
“Normal office fires led to the failure of a single column causing the collapse of the whole building,” declared NIST on December 18, 2007, prompting firefighters around the world to come to the support of Firefighters for 9-11 Truth, founded by retired firefighter Erik Lawyer from Seattle, WA.
Lawyer has assembled 200 of his brother firefighters to demand a real investigation of the explosive destruction of all three WTC high-rises on 9/11. He is encouraging firefighters everywhere to ReThink911. Join us! Representing his 200 brothers, Erik spoke directly to the media about the destruction of evidence at the WTC during the press conference of sister organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth on the occasion of reaching 1,000 A/E petition signers. Today AE911Truth has more than twice that number of degreed and licensed architect and engineer signatories. The message of FF911Truth was perhaps best articulated by Erik in a memorable one-hour multimedia presentation given at its joint event with AE911Truth’s Richard Gage at the Historic BAL Theater in San Leandro, CA.
I [Dale Pierce] was 17 when I joined the California Division of Forestry in 1974. As a seasonal firefighter, I received training in firefighting, basic fire science, and crime scene preservation. I fought fires during the drought years of the mid-1970s, including the Scarface Fire.
Compared with the modern trained firefighters of today, we were ill-prepared for our battles with fire. However, with the limited training I had received, I knew something was dreadfully wrong on 9/11 – from the collapse of Buildings 1 & 2 to the destruction of evidence and then to the collapse of Building 7.
“Let no man’s ghost return to haunt us for lack of training!”
If this is our Firefighters Motto, we have a lot to answer for regarding WTC 7.
WTC 7 was the dead giveaway. If a 47-story steel-framed skyscraper could collapse due to small office fires, then firefighters can no longer enter high-rises and endanger themselves. They can no longer go anywhere near these tall buildings, as the risk would outweigh the benefits.
We need to either change firefighting protocol in high-rise buildings or else revisit the events of 9/11 in order to save face with the public whom we are sworn to serve.
Moreover, my son Noah C. Pierce, joined the Army two days after 9/11 in order to serve his country. He died as a result of his service. When will my fellow firefighters stand up and truly serve our country? It begins with facing the truth about the cause of that war – 9/11.
I [Rudy Dent] faced the truth of that horrible day as I worked on the pile with my brothers. I have more than 20 years with FDNY, including Ladder 33 and 52. I was one of the 100 FDNY who heard the explosions, along with numerous other officials and reporters.
I saw with my own eyes Building 7 coming down in under 7 seconds, top to bottom, just like the old hotels in Las Vegas. And yet the structure had only isolated pockets of fire. Prior to this, we in the FDNY never had a high-rise steel-frame building come down due to fire. This official government finding leaves me with great concern over whether any changes in our fire procedures have been put into place to protect our firefighters from this ever happening again. I saw the molten metal under the completely shattered building structures. We have a huge problem here, my brother firefighters. We can perform these heroic actions of aggressive interior attacks because we know our fellow firefighters will be there to pull us out if we get into trouble. We also trust our officers, because they are in the fire with us. We also know that our training is among the best—if not the best—in the world. Yet something went wrong—terribly wrong.
I met up with Richard Gage, AIA, founder the 2,200-strong Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, during the Grand Opening of the 9/11 Museum in New York. Listen to the concerns that I conveyed to him here, then here, and finally here about the disturbing collapses of these high-rises—and about the evidence of the incendiary thermite at the World Trade Center being found and documented by scientists.
Firefighter Lt. Anton Vodvarka, who served on FDNY Ladder Co. 26, Rescue Co. 3, Rescue Co. 1, Engine Co. 92, Ladder Co. 82, and Ladder Co. 101, and who was awarded the Merit Class 1 award, The Prentice Medal, writes to firefighters of his thoughts regarding the third tower destroyed on 9/11:
The official explanation of the events of that day are not only insufficient, they are fantastic and cannot bear rational examination. Trade Tower #7 by itself is the “smoking gun.” Not hit by an aircraft, with only a few relatively small fires, it came down in a classic implosion, going straight down, something only very precise demolition can accomplish, which takes weeks to prepare. The 9/11 Commission didn’t even mention it.
Brothers, I know that the implications of the above are hard, almost unthinkable, but the official explanation is utter nonsense, and three hundred and forty three murdered brothers are crying out for justice. Demand a genuine investigation into the events of September 11!
U.K. firefighter Steve Corbett, G38 Heston Green Watch, LFB (London Fire Brigade), gets right to the point, highlighting the main problem for firefighters if the official story is to be believed:
I don’t even think they were demolished. I know they were. Any experienced firefighter in his right mind who re-explored what happened that day, when we lost so many brothers, would say the same.
My point is: In the U.K., firefighters work on a dynamic risk assessment—”the continuous assessment of risk in the rapidly changing circumstances of an operational incident.” Meaning that if we follow U.S. government guidelines that steel-framed buildings can spontaneously collapse when involved in fire, then this surely means we can no longer fight fires inside them or go anywhere near them. Risk would outweigh the benefit.
All fire brigade policies and procedures worldwide need to be amended to state this, unless the U.S. 9/11 investigation body changes their story. They are saying that three steel-framed buildings collapsed due to fire in one single day. If this were true, it would change firefighting methods in steel high-rises for ever. Steel should no longer be a safe element of structure if they stick with their bullshit.
Indeed, no structural building code changes have been incorporated into the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) as a result of 9/11.
This requires three possible courses of action, none of which has been adequately pursued to date:
To protect firefighters, rewrite firefighter procedures to change how firefighters should attempt to fight fires in Class 1 fire-resistant structures. This is because NIST, a premier fire-fighting technology resource, has documented that normal office fires can destroy buildings at free-fall acceleration.
Revise the building codes for all relevant Class 1 buildings and demand that they be retrofitted to provide safety to the public as well as to firefighters.
Demand that NIST review its fire-only conclusion related to the destruction of the skyscrapers due solely to fire by holding public hearings that allow comments from both the technical community and the public. It is likely that NIST’s analysis is wrong.
Today, NIST’s analysis of Building 7 — and indeed of the Twin Towers — stands as a testament that firefighting procedures need to be revised, as do building codes.
Firefighter codes of ethics state:
As members of the fire service which is respected by the public and to which we are all bound together for the safety of the public and our comrades, we adhere to a code of ethics. This Firefighter Code of Ethics includes:
I understand that I have the responsibility to conduct myself in a manner that reflects proper ethical behavior and integrity. In so doing, I will help foster a continuing positive public perception of the fire service. Therefore, I pledge the following …
- Be respectful and conscious of each member’s safety and welfare.
- Exercise professionalism, competence, respect and loyalty in the performance of my duties and use information, confidential or otherwise, gained by virtue of my position, only to benefit those I am entrusted to serve.
- Always conduct myself, on and off duty, in a manner that reflects positively on myself, my department and the fire service in general.
- Be truthful and honest at all times and report instances of cheating or other dishonest acts that compromise the integrity of the fire service.
Tom Ford,who worked on the pile on 9/11 , writes:
For the most part, I am ashamed of how the “brotherhood” has neglected to stand against the bullshit that was presented as fact, relative to how those buildings came down.
I was there and I can tell you that those buildings (all three) were brought down by extraordinary means. Physically, there is just no other explanation.
Those 441 emergency workers (341 firefighters and 2 paramedics of the FDNY, 37 PAPD, 23 NYPD, and 8 EMTs from private agencies and FDNY) did not go into those buildings because they feared they would collapse in on themselves. Quite the contrary: They went in because buildings like that simply do not collapse from fire. Period.
So when they did collapse, it was obvious to those who saw it that it was controlled demolition. I saw it and nobody can convince me otherwise. I saw molten steel, like lava, that just cannot happen simply under the stress of those fires or from the subsequent collapse.
When a firefighter has to return to a scene hours or even days later because a fire has flared up again, it is called a “rekindle.” And it is something a firefighter is ashamed of, because the truth is, it’s not a re-kindle! The truth is that it was never fully extinguished in the first place. It is a job unfinished. By keeping quiet about the real truth of 9/11, it is my opinion that any firefighter who was there and who has chosen not to speak up should be ashamed, because there is yet a fire burning that has not been extinguished, and it will rear its ugly head one day when the truth finally comes out. We each have to answer to our conscience. What is a hero, after all?
Firefighter Code of Ethics – Demand Action to “Finish the Job”
Here is what you can do:
1. Support the 9/11 Family Members High-Rise Safety Initiative. Its goal is to make New York City a safer place to live and work. The High-Rise Safety Initiative will accomplish this goal first by conducting a robust investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center 7, and second by ensuring that timely and comprehensive investigations are carried out if high-rise collapses occur in the future.
2. Contact the International Association of FireFighters and ask for a full-scale investigation into the risks to firefighters implied by the NIST reports.
3. Contact NIST and request that it release information about its analysis. Much of NIST’s analysis has been withheld from building experts “to protect the safety of the public.”
5. Visit AE911Truth.org and review the explosive evidence that prompted 2,200 architects and engineers to demand a real WTC investigation.
Firefighter Ethics: Take Action to “Finish the Job”
Exercise professionalism and competence in performing duties to those you are entrusted to serve.
This means, “If you see something, say something.” Demand that the building codes, firefighting procedures, and the NIST reports are made consistent. If the NIST reports are flawed and erroneous, demand a rewrite!
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal” — Rev. Martin Luther King