September 11th 2001: The UK Fire Service Response - Part 1

Like everyone else in the world who heard the news I imagined a light aircraft with an inexperienced pilot had lost his way and hit one of the towers.

As usual before my first night duty, I am a little restless. I dropped my eldest daughter at school and took my youngest to her grandmothers where my wife would pick her up in the evening. I went home and did a few things around the house before having lunch at about 1 O