2008_07_walkietalkie.jpgDuring the September 11 attacks, the police and fire departments weren't able to communicate with each other. Now, almost seven years late, the NY Times reports the agencies have improved their "ability to...operate together." Now, the Fire Department can receive information from police helicopters over a scene and emergency works will be able to "contact the police directly via radio." NYPD Deputy Chief Charles F. Dowd said, "Right now we are fully interoperable on all levels," and FDNY Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano said the departments need to "have more drills, more participation, to increase not only awareness of the other agencies’ needs but also make the other agencies aware of our needs."