A very close call in Bridgeport (CT) today at a working dwelling fire. The fire, on Hancock Avenue, had an extreme close call moment as Firefighters were overhauling the scene. A Firefighter working from Tower Ladder 5, doing overhaul with a handline, slipped and fell from the bucket area of the ladder truck. Ice in the bucket caused the member to slip and when he fell out, he fell into a huge tree that was 30+ feet in the air-and the tree caught him. He was removed from the tree by Firefighters with the tower ladder with no injuries.
RELATED FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATHS:
Climbing, operating and maneuvering from truck companies create challenges for the members working-from water, weather, tool weight and gravity. Policy/training and ladder belts, as applicable, can minimize the risk.
TEXAS DOUBLE LODD:
On January 25, 2009 Kyle Perkins and Cory Galloway of the Kilgore (Texas) FD were killed in the Line of Duty. They died after falling from an elevated aerial platform during training. The members were training on their newly purchased 95-foot mid-mount aerial platform truck. A group of four fire fighters were standing in the aerial platform which was raised to the roof of an eight-story dormitory building at a local college. The platform became stuck on the concrete parapet wall at the top of the building. During attempts to free the platform, the top edge of the parapet wall gave way and the aerial ladder sprung back from the top of the building, then began to whip violently back and forth. Two of the four fire fighters standing in the platform were ejected from the platform by the motion. They fell approximately 83 feet to the ground and died from their injuries.
On June 21, 2007, Firefighter Daniel F. Pujdak of Ladder Company 146 died in the Line of Duty after falling from the roof at a four-story apartment building fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, light smoke and fire was showing from a 4th floor window. FF Pujdak had just climbed the truck ladder to the roof bulkhead and was attempting to lower himself to the main roof when he fell. The roof saw (slung on his back) shifted causing him to lose his balance and fall to the ground. Fire fighters had been on scene less than 3 minutes when the victim fell.