Wasn't Engine 11 using a spare pumper at the fire???
What kind of surprised me was that they didn't call apparatus like #24 Tender, another rescue or even a hazmat unit for extra man power on scene.
Another thing that got me was they didn't send another Tower ladder like #25, or #12. But that's just me...
They had 5 aerials on scene, but 4 were old yellows and then the Bronto from 16. They all did a great job and I'm speculating that having another large aerial just wouldn't have made sense with the amount of lines on the ground. I don't know what the fifth aerial on scene was that was on the east side - the 3 on the west side were 1,2 and 19 with 16 on the north-east corner.
I'm sure the reason for no Tender 24 was a second or third alarm does not include a Tender. It was so hectic and a call for additional manpower as specific as that wouldn't have made sense.
Crews from Haz Tec were on scene, but simply for air monitoring purposes.
Heard on the news last night that fire command actually did use the live feed from Global 1, so I guess they heard you Jay.
Video or still capabilities on a fire apparatus' stick is a rare item. Some trucks have dash cameras (including my department's rescue and primary engine) but only really exotic machines have cameras on aerial booms and such. I've seen it on airport fire trucks that have a "Snozzle" articulating boom, and it's a combination standard video/infrared camera, and it costs more than a couple bucks. It has to be in a hardened, protective housing, because the heat up there tends to be a little more than on the ground.
I've been on a number of scenes of large incidents where a "big picture" view is desired, and without exception, the chosen method of getting this view has been helicopters. Often a fire officer (chief level) will go up in the machine to do this reconnaissance, but sometimes video-equipped aircraft will transmit their feeds to the command post.