From the 9-11 Commission to reports on individual firefighter tragedies, check out these links to learn more about the FDNY and firefighter fatalities.

Reports on September 11, 2001

  • The 9-11 Commission
    Officially called the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, but also known as the Kean Commission, this panel held a hearing on the emergency response to the 2001 attacks and devoted a chapter of their much-read final report to the performance of the FDNY, NYPD and other rescue agencies.

    Staff Statement on Emergency Response

    Staff Statement on Crisis Management

    Video and transcripts from the Commission’s May 2004 hearing on emergency response

    “Heroism and Honor,” the chapter in the Commission’s final report dealing with the emergency response

  • The McKinsey Study
    This report was commissioned by the FDNY to look into the September 11 response

    Link to main report page

  • The National Institute for Standards and Technology
    An agency of the Commerce Department, NIST was charged by Congress with the task of producing a detailed engineering study of the collapses on September 11. They also explored how building occupants and emergency responders performed.

    Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communication

    The Emergency Response Operations

  • FDNY documents

    FDNY 2008-2009 Annual Report

    FDNY 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

    FDNY Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Strategy

    Fire statistics by year, month and borough

    To read more FDNY publications, please click here.

    Reports on other firefighter fatalities

  • NIOSH investigations
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigates many firefighter fatalities. While NIOSH reports do not name the deceased or their department, the date and nature of the incidents make it clear which deaths are being described, including the following FDNY fatalities:

    Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino

    Firefigher Daniel Pujdak

    Lt. Howard Carpluk, Jr. and Firefighter Michael Reilly

    Firefighter Richard Sclafani

    Lt. Curtis Meyran and Firefighter John Bellew

    Firefighter Thomas Brick

    Firefighter James O’Shea

    Firefighter Michael Gorumba

    Firefighter Donald Franklin

    Firefighter Gregg McLoughlin

    Firefighter John Downing, Brian Fahey and Harry Ford

    Lt. Joseph Cavalieri and firefighters James Bohan and Christopher Bopp

    Lt. James Blackmore and Captain Scott Lapiedra

  • Worcester Cold Storage Fire
    A federal report on this disaster
  • National Fire Protection Association
    Report on firefighter fatalities in 2010
  • United States Fire Administration
    Several reports on trends and patterns in deaths of firefighters
  • Near Miss Reporting System
    Collects first-hand reports from firefighters who avoided death or serious injury.
  • Everybody Goes Homes
    National project to
    reduce firefighter fatalities
    collects incident stories and promotes policy.
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
    IAFF’s Line of Duty Death Database