Radio Club banquet to feature FDNY’s Vincent Dunn as keynote speaker
Members and guests at the Radio Club of America’s 93rd anniversary dinner and awards presentation scheduled for Nov. 22 will hear Vincent Dunn, retired deputy chief of the Fire Department of New York, deliver a speech about the role that wireless communications played in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
As the event’s keynote speaker, Dunn will detail what communications capabilities were lacking as the department responded to the fires and building collapses at the city’s World Trade Center caused by passenger aircraft purposefully flown into the center’s twin towers by terrorist hijackers. His speech is expected to include suggestions for priorities that the telecommunications industry should adopt.
With 42 years of service, including 26 years as a chief officer, Dunn has become known as an authority on firefighting and fire prevention through his work as a teacher, author and consultant. His expertise includes command and control, safety and survival, firefighting tactics and hazardous material incidents. One of his published papers is “Why the World Trade Center Collapsed.”
Dunn received the Man of the Year award in 1991 from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Edward W. Whalen award in 1995 from the New York City Fire Safety Director’s Association, the Lifetime Achievement award in 2000 from Fire Engineering, and the FDNY Lifetime Achievement award in 2000.
His textbooks include Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies, Safety and Survival on the Fireground and Collapse of Burning Buildings. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, New York City Fire Chief Association and New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.
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