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Serious close call in PA, as last night (Wednesday) Belle Valley FD (near Erie, PA) Tower 369 was at nearby Wattsburg FD Station 17 to help them re-position a radio antenna. Three firefighters (2 BV and 1 WB) were in the bucket of the tower, raised up approximately 80 feet when a cable snapped causing the ladder to suffer a catastrophic failure. All extended sections of the ladder retracted rapidly coming to a jolting stop in the bottom section. All three firefighters were injured and one had to be extricated from the bucket. All three were transported to UPMC Hamot Trauma Center. Two of the them have been admitted but none of the injuries are considered life threatening. One member is home, another they hope to have home this weekend and the 3rd may be in for a while.
The aerial and bucket were heavily damaged. An investigation of the accident is now underway.
Watch the video-it is clear that policy-and training, disciplined adherence to their policy paid off. So many times we have see Firefighter ejected out of tower ladders and snorkels for a variety of reasons-and some with tragic endings.
As you may remember, something similar to this happened in Arizona in 2012. Four FF’s went up in their bucket and when the ladder was nearly fully extended at a 45-degree angle, one or two cables controlling the ladder snapped. That sent the bucket sliding down about 40 feet, where it slammed to a violent stop 70 feet above the ground, the impact caused serious injuries.
HERE are those details:
Because of the Belle Valley FD’s adherence to policy, training and discipline, there will be members recuperating from non-life threatening injuries-but nothing more. That’s good news and a positive reflection on their department.
We’ll have more regarding what happened soon.
LAST NIGHTS VIDEO HERE: http://tinyurl.com/lt69ujw
A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigation found fault with a county fire truck driver during an investigation into a head-on collision in Goleta on June 1.
The accident happened after the fire engine turned off its siren and flashing lights following a canceled call for service.
The engine was attempting to make a left turn onto Valdez Avenue when it crashed into a Mercedes sports car traveling north of Calle Real.
The Mercedes driver, an 18-year old women from Isla Vista, was not injured but her car was totaled.
The fire truck was only dented.
Fire officials said the driver would have to take a risk management class.
Capt. David Sedecki also said the department would use the rare incident as a learning tool.
A California Firefighter suffered life threatening injuries this morning after a crash fire rescue rig crashed on a taxiway at Oakland International Airport – during a drill. The crash took place just before 1145 hours during a simulated red alert drill to test emergency response time to incidents at the airport.
The Oakland Firefighter was driving an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting rig with 3,000 gallons of water and 420 gallons of foam, rolled during a turn.
The Firefighter, a 28-year veteran of the OFD assigned to the airport, was not thrown from the vehicle, but sustained major injuries- he was the sole occupant on the rig, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
A NURTINGEN, GERMANY, AERIAL TRUCK responding to a fire alarm last Saturday rolled over during a tight, left turn in the city. The truck landed on the top of a VW Passat that was being driven by a 33-yr.-old man who was alone in the car. Reportedly, he saw the accident developing and tried to drive out of harm’s way, but failed to clear the tumbling ladder truck.