On the afternoon of 7/1/14 the Center Twp. IN Fire Department (LaPorte County) was responding to a house fire when this engine rolled over while enroute. The crash occurred at 4591 N US Hwy 35. There were no apparent injuries to the one firefighter on board according to eye witness reports.
We regret to pass on to you that an apparatus crash has claimed the life of a 52 year old Louisiana Fire Captain. He died in the Line of Duty when the fire apparatus he was driving, while unrestrained, crashed last night.
Initial reports are that the 1999 Freightliner fire apparatus, registered to Bienville Fire District 7, was traveling north on LA 155 when the vehicle entered a curve and drifted off the roadway. The driver, Fire Captain Robert B. Thomas 52, over corrected, crossed the center line and crashed into a ditch. The fire apparatus overturned pinning Captain Thomas under the vehicle. Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office.
Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Anyone, including a Firefighter, who chooses not to wear a seat belt increases the likelihood of injury or death in the event of a crash.
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.