First Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of William Baker, April 1, 2003 [open pdf - 43KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commission, First Public Hearing: Statement of William Baker, April 1, 2003
The first public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held on March 31-April 1, 2003 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, NY. The purpose of this public hearing was to engage those whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11 in a public dialogue about the Commission's goals and priorities. The Commission also sought to learn about work already completed and the state of current knowledge, in order to identify the most important issues and questions requiring further investigation. This testimony was part of a panel entitled "Immediate Response to the Attacks". In his testimony, Baker speaks from his experience in providing structural engineering assistance to search and rescue teams in addition to evaluating damaged buildings and advising contractors on debris removal. He was a member of the Core Group of the ASCE/SEI Building Assessment Team that is evaluating the WTC disaster.
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov