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Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department

Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department
Operational area
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
CountySomerset
BoroughShanksville
Agency overview[1]
Employees28 (2014)
Website
Official website

The Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department is a volunteer fire department in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.[1] The department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the boroughs of Shanksville and Indian Lake as well as to Stonycreek Township. The response area is approximately 62 square miles (160 km2) with an estimated 2,500 residents.[1] Additionally the department is responsible for a 15-mile (24 km) stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

September 11 terrorist attacks

The crash site of United Airlines Flight 93.
Shanksville Volunteer Firefighter Coat at the Flight 93 temporary national memorial.

On September 11, 2001, the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the United Airlines Flight 93 crash scene to search for survivors.[2] They found a smoking crater 8 feet (2.4 m) to 10 feet (3.0 m) deep, and 30 feet (9.1 m) to 50 feet (15 m) wide surrounded by burning wreckage of the aircraft.[3] None of the 44 people on board survived.[4] Flight 93 was one of four airliners hijacked that day as part of the al-Qaeda terror attack on the United States. It is widely held that the Flight 93 hijackers intended to use the aircraft to attack the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC.[5] An assistant chief was one of the first on the scene, within seven or eight minutes. Firefighters from nine other local companies also came to the crash site.[6]

Shanksville Firehouse memorial

New York City fire fighters donated a memorial made from a steel cross from the World Trade Center and mounted atop a platform shaped like the Pentagon.[7] Hundreds of firefighters riding motorcycles escorted the beams from New York City to Shanksville. It was installed outside the firehouse on August 25, 2008.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "About SVFD". Shanksville Fire Department. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Long, Cindy (September 13, 2001). "Pennsylvania Disaster Workers Respond to Flight 93 Tragedy". Red Cross. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  3. ^ "'None of us will ever forget'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2001-09-12. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  4. ^ Sara, Rimer (2001-09-18). "A Nation Challenged: The Pennsylvania Crash; 44 Victims Are Remembered, and Lauded". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  5. ^ Fouda, Yosri; Fielding, Nick (2003). Masterminds of terror : the truth behind the most devastating terrorist attack the world has ever seen (1st North American ed.). New York: Arcade Pub. ISBN 1559707089.
  6. ^ "Gathering in Song and Honor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2001-11-20. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  7. ^ Ganassi, Michelle (2008-08-25). "NY firefighter donating steel to Shanksville". Daily American. Retrieved 2008-08-22.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Gaskell, Stephanie (2008-08-25). "Pa. site of 9/11 crash gets WTC beam". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-25.