Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) Assistant Chief James Schwartz arrives at the Pentagon. Making his way down Route 27 in "a wave of emergency response vehicles," he gives the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) specific instructions for requesting additional emergency resources and for recalling off-duty members. Pulling into South Parking, he sees tremendous smoke and fire, a "sea of people" trying to assist the injured lying "strewn" across the lawn, and military forming small groups to reenter the Pentagon.1

 

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Emergency response vehicles line the area around the Pentagon, as smoke clouds block the horizon shortly after a terrorist bombing here Sept. 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gary Coppage)

 

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Firefighters struggle to contain a spreading fire after a hijacked commercial jetliner crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

1 Goldberg, A. Papadopoulous, S., et al “Pentagon 9/11” Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense n.d PDF. March 16, 2011 page 72 http://osdhistory.defense.gov/docs/Pentagon%209-11.pdf

2 U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gary Coppage U.S. Air Force Photo Database n.d. Web. April 27, 2011 http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/030204-O-9999J-006.jpg

3 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi U.S. Air Force Photo Database n.d. Web. April 27, 2011 http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/010911-F-3050V-004.jpg