You make some good points, however, I think (not know) that dispatch would go through the IC and not the company officer. After all, it would/should be the IC that releases any piece. Getting away from that particular day, I would like to think that the fire service in general espouses situational awareness and common sense. Any dispatch should be able to query an IC and ask them if any units can break away because “the mother of all incidents” is occurring. If the IC says “no” then that’s that. Many IC’s would look at what is in front of them and ask, “Can I do without the (fill in the blank).” When you think about it, FDNY does this on a daily basis. You may hear on the radio, “Bronx to Battalion 19, can you make 3rd due E48 available, I have a structural response coming in?.” The battalion may come back and say, “I only need 1 & 1, you can have the rest” OR “Not at this time.”I'm not FDNY, so anything that I say is obviously related to me second hand. However, it was related to me by someone who was in SOC at that time. It was noted that they were on the roof of a second alarm, and Manhattan Dispatch contacted the unit officer and told them that they needed to pull them off of the job, and to head towards the Hudson for reports of a plane in the water. I'm assuming both R1 and SQ18 were operating. I'm not sure why the times are off, and really the whole point of me relating the story as told to me, was to discuss whether FDNY Dispatchers would pull SOC units from a fire to put them on a special job. I would surmise that an experienced truck company could replace a SOC unit at a fire so the special units could operate at a specialized rescue incident such as the Hudson crash.