We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter from the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company (McKean County, Keating Township, PA-south of the NY State line) was killed in the Line of Duty yesterday. The volunteer Firefighter’s death was the result of an accident involving a tanker truck at the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company quarters. Initial reports are that the apparatus had returned to quarters from a detail and was backing in when the tragedy occurred. More specifics and details to follow.
An Irmo Fire Department ladder truck collided with a car Saturday afternoon at St. Andrews and Tram Roads in Lexington County.
The fire truck was enroute to a call on I-26 and had its lights and siren running at the time of the collision at 5:10 p.m., witnesses said.
The truck was heading east on St. Andrews Road. The Ford Taurus was heading south on Tram Road. The collision occured in the intersection, said Crpl Matt Southern of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Two people extracted from the car were taken to a local hospital, Southern said. Their conditions were not known.
The accident remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
One fire truck was destroyed and another badly damaged during a blaze that burned through a 50-acre wheat field Friday afternoon.
The fire started just after 3 p.m., at a farm on Third Line in a rural area between Caledonia and Hagersville, said Haldimand County Fire Chief Rob Grimwood.
A farmer had been cutting hay, and that appeared to have ignited the field, Grimwood added.
By 7:15 p.m., firefighters had the blaze under control and were just dealing with hot spots.
No one was injured in the fire, which completely destroyed one pumper truck and significantly damaged a tanker truck, Grimwood said.
“As much as we’ve destroyed two trucks here, this is a big victory,” he said. “This was an incredibly large fire.”
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze so it didn’t spread to any surrounding structures.
Grimwood estimated the loss of the two vehicles at more than $500,000.
Winds shifted quickly and the trucks were set ablaze while they were being repositioned, Grimwood said.
This was the first time a fire truck had been destroyed during a blaze in Haldimand County, he added.
Five firefighters were taken to a hospital after they were involved in a crash on Interstate 25 on Thursday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol said.
A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said they were on their way to the Hayden Pass Fire in Fremont County when their truck was involved in a chain-reaction incident with four other vehicles, including another fire truck. The spokeswoman said the firefighters are an interagency crew.
“We are thankful to report that the five firefighters only sustained minor injuries and are in good spirits,” acting regional forester Jacque Buchanan said.
All five were treated and released from Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. They spent the night in a hotel there and will go home to see their families on Friday.
The Colorado State Patrol said two fire trucks were traveling southbound around exit 250 near Berthoud when traffic quickly stopped. The fire truck slowed and the second fire truck swerved to the left.
A box truck behind the second fire truck swerved to the right and hit a flatbed truck. A semitrailer behind tried to stop but hit the right rear of the second fire truck.
The semitruck jackknifed and began leaking diesel fuel from the saddle tank. Hazardous materials crews were called out to clean up the diesel.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said the left lanes of I-25 going in both directions were closed during the crash investigation and cleanup.
No other injuries were reported.
A lump sum of $362,500 was awarded to family members of a man and his stepgrandson who were killed in a 2008 crash with a responding Massilon (OH) quint.
Ronald Anderson, 72, and 4-year-old Javarre Tate, were killed when their van was struck by that Massillon fire apparatus responding to a vehicle fire.
8 years ago, the Firefighters were responding to a call of a vehicle on fire when the fire apparatus, traveling thru an intersection struck the van driven by Mr. Anderson.
Anderson’s distant cousin, Firefighter Susan Toles, was driving the ladder truck that struck Anderson’s van and she was one of four firefighters who suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Attorneys for Anderson’s widow, Cynthia Anderson, had argued that the fire apparatus driver was traveling at excessive and unsafe speeds given the neighborhood and type of emergency. The city had argued that the crash was unavoidable because Anderson failed to yield to the oncoming firetruck at the intersection, which has a three-way stop and a flashing light. The rig that he collided with was the 2nd rig coming thru that intersection.
An obviously tragic event for all involved.