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Initial Dispatch and Radio Traffic From Baltimore FD During Key Bridge Collapse

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
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Date: Mar 27 2024 12:52 PM

By now we have all heard of the cargo ship that hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning in Maryland. But being from the first responder side of events for so many years anytime there are incidents that happen my instinct is to think of the response, rescue efforts and recovery of the first responders. 

Listening to the dispatch audio from emergency responders captured the tense atmosphere after a cargo ship rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday, causing it to be completely destroyed.

Operators of the Dali cargo ship had issued a mayday call that the vessel had lost power moments before the crash, but the ship still headed toward the span.

The 985-foot-long vessel struck one of the 1.6-mile long bridge’s supports, causing the span to break and fall into the water within seconds.

An emergency responder could be heard on the dispatch audio mentioning that construction workers had been operating on the bridge during the collapse, and an "unknown amount of those workers [were] in the water." That prompted a call for a dive team.

Later in the call, another dispatcher says the "main portion" of the bridge had collapsed into the water, causing vehicles to be "plummet and submerge" in the water. Dispatchers also mention that police have begun stopping vehicles from entering the bridge a mere 90 seconds before the collision. 

Another dispatcher described it as a "mass casualty" incident.

"Can you make notifications to all the local hospitals in the area?" a dispatcher says.

Two people were later reported as having been rescued by Baltimore Fire Rescue. One was listed at a Priority 2 patient with moderate injuries. 

From the audio of this incident it would almost sound as if Baltimore Fire Department has, planned and prepared for a worst case scenario in a bridge collapse event. This is no conspiracy, this is how is how all fire departments plan. The Dothan Fire Department, along with Enterprise, Ozark and others has many what is considered a "Target Hazard" that is pre-planned, trained on and prayed that it is never have to be put into practice. 

The following video you are about to hear is the raw radio traffic from Tuesday morning collapse.    

Initial Dispatch and Radio Traffic From Baltimore FD During Key Bridge Collapse

Initial Dispatch and Radio Traffic From Baltimore FD During Key Bridge Collapse

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