Nothing will ever outdo the expertise of the dispatch personnel who knew every street within their borough, knew the status of the companies within their borough and had foresight to plan ahead with incoming alarms. No computers, no wizardry, just common sense and great knowledge. Those were the days!
"memorymaster", I'm with you 100 % in that. Those dispatchers were amazing and were the strongest link in the chain that held it all together.
Anyone not familiar with their abilities should listen to some of those FDNY War Years audios out there. I think some are posted on this site. I bought a set of audio cd's years ago. I've played many over and over many times. But I'm still amazed every time I hear those guys who held it all together.
We are Very Proud to have some of those GREAT FDNY Dispatchers as members here on this site.
It wasn't just the War Years either. It continued into the 1980s and somewhat into the 90s, as different neighborhoods of the city began to burn on a regular basis.
I remember visiting a couple of FDNY Dispatch Offices (before the merger into the combined 911 center in the Bronx). It was non stop activity and those dispatchers performed like perfect athletes in the Olympics, every day, every hour, and every minute that passed by.
You guys did a GREAT JOB.