A man undergoing treatment for hallucination inside a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles stole the emergency vehicle Sunday night, forcing two firefighter paramedics to jump out and an engine company to pursue. The firefighters were treating a patient at about 7 p.m. at Alameda and 3rd streets, when he pulled out his IV and ran out of the ambulance. The man reappeared a short time later, jumped into the ambulance and began driving away. The two firefighter paramedics quickly jumped out.As per protocol, the ambulance was left running. The engine company followed the ambulance until LAPD officers arrived and took over the pursuit. About five minutes later, the ambulance crashed into a minivan at Union Place and Beverly Boulevard in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. The two people in the minivan suffered minor injuries. No firefighters were injured or involved in the crash, fire officials said.”Initially it didn’t make sense at all to anybody that the fire department was chasing one of its own vehicles,” LAPD Lt. Theresa Coyle said. “As it became clear, gratefully no one was seriously injured.”The male suspect was arrested and is expected to face felony evading and carjacking charges.
A new recall is issued by the maker of the fire apparatus chassis involved in that June crash that killed a Montana Fire Chief and a family of five. The recall of the double Cardan front drive shaft comes from Navistar which manufactures the International 4800 apparatus involved in the crash in June.
The recall was issued after the Montana Highway Patrol released their accident report. The recall is slightly different from previous recalls in that this one requires the part to be removed and replaced.
Navistar’s communications director, Steve Schrier tells media that Navistar has not received their report, but issued the recall after conducting their own investigation. He says an investigation is often launched after consumer concerns about a possible defect. During their investigations they look at things such as warranty claims and gather data from field reports. If a defect is found, Navistar then issues a recall and notifies their customers to correct the defect.
In this particular case, Schrier said their investigation found 5 other incidents since 2008 which prompted them to issue the voluntary recall. Navistar has notified all customers and are in the process of implementing the voluntary recall.
A Montgomery County fire truck and ambulance crashed into each other while responding to a hazardous materials situation in Rockville, Maryland Thursday afternoon.
The crash occurred at Parkland Drive and Aspen Hill Road in Rockville
Several people were injured, though no other information was available. The road is closed during the investigation.
Victoria’s pink firetruck, Debbie, is a little shaken up after a minor wreck Tuesday evening, but is eager to get back on the road.
Debbie was heading out of Port Lavaca toward the Victoria Chick-fil-A to help students on the Victoria East and West high school swim teams raise awareness about breast cancer.
The teams came together to raise money to give to school district employees facing cancer, said Victoria West Booster Club treasurer Tammy Murphy. They had planned to sell their Breaststroke 4 Hope T-shirts during Family Night at Chick-fil-A.
Debbie, unfortunately never made it to the event.
The pink firetruck was northbound on Farm-to-Market Road 1090 about 5:30 p.m., when she left the roadway in an attempt to avoid colliding with a vehicle, said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman. The truck hit some mud and tipped over.
The driver, Victoria firefighter Timothy Dodge was unharmed.
Debbie, however, sustained minor damage and is in need of a new windshield and tires, said Wendell Geigle, firefighter and member of the Guardians of the Ribbon Inc.
Guardians of the Ribbon Inc. is a nonprofit movement that teaches neighborhoods how to raise money in their communities for their communities. The pink firetrucks signify the group’s mission to put women first in the battle against cancer.
The organization doesn’t take in monetary donations, but if someone were to donate new tires, Geigle said he’d gladly accept.
“We don’t have a lot of funds, but we’ll work it out somehow,” Geigle said, eager to get Debbie back on the road in time to attend upcoming pink out football events hosted by Victoria East and Calhoun high schools.
On the morning of Sunday October 5, 2014, the Operator of Tuck 16, standing on the turntable, was preforming his morning readiness check of the aerial and during his check the ladder was rotated to the right, and extended over the power lines that are in adjacent lot north of the fire station. The upper fly/egress section of the ladder was above the power lines, when without warning, the 60Kv line arched to the tip of the truck, creating a loud explosion and knocking the power out to the fire station.
The operator was uninjured but transported to the ER as a precaution for medical check out and evaluation.
At approximately 0930 hours, the Operator of Truck 16 pulled the truck on the front ramp to conduct his routine morning checks of the vehicle and part of the check including flying the aerial.
As required by standard procedure, the jack pads, which where the aluminum style, were positioned on the ground and the outriggers were fully extended prior to the operation of the aerial. The aerial was raised out of the cradle, rotated to the right and extended approximately 75-80 feet and at the time of the incident the tip of the aerial was 10 feet above the power lines. When the arc occurred, the operator reported seeing a bright flash and then observed the power line being drawn up or “sucked up” toward the tip of the ladder. He stated at no time did the power line come in physical contact with the aerial.
Instinctively, the operator raised the ladder away from the vicinity of the power lines, and climbed down off turntable.
The Saw Firefighter, who was conducting the morning start-up of the power saws on the ramp adjacent to the truck did not see the event, but heard “explosion” and felt a “whoosh” of air go by him, looked over toward the truck and observed a large brownish smoke cloud on the opposite of the truck. From his vantage point the tip of the aerial was well above the power lines.
Crews inside the station heard the “explosion” immediately followed by complete loss of power to the station.
A physical check of the area and the truck found the left front out rigger appeared to be the point where the arc grounded. There was heat damage to the jack pad and discoloration to the concrete ramp. This appeared to be the only damage to the vehicle.
A secondary area of burn was found at a remote spot from the location of where the outrigger grounded out the arc. This spot was located approximately 30 from the location of the outrigger at the expansion joint in the concrete pad that separates the front ramp from the apparatus room floor. In this expansion joint is a piece of steel that makes up the edge if the apparatus floor pad. This steel was partially burned through with surface burn marks on the concrete.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) repair crew that came to inspect the power lines speculated that the electrical current that passed to the truck to the ground may have also been transmitted through the re-bar in the concrete pad and also grounded out at the steel expansion joint.
SAFETY ISSUES FOR REVIEW
- Never assume that even though the tip is beyond the recommended safety guidelines that the power will not arc to the tip.
- SMUD workers indicated that the use of the metal jack pads most likely prevented further damage to the truck, or more importantly to personnel near or on the truck. Had anyone been in contact or near the truck at the time of the arc that their body (ies) could have acted as the path for the electrical arc to travel and most likely would have ended in serious injuries, if not fatal.
- Don’t become complacent with routine duties, especially involving aerial operations.