Sunday, December 15, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013 One of the dozens of crashes on icy roads around the Ozarks this morning, was the crash of a fire truck and deputy’s patrol car.
It happened at the intersection of Highways D and B just north of Rogersville.
Logan-Rogersville Fire Chief Richard Stirts says one of his department’s fire engines was on the way to a report of a multiple-car accident, when it slid on a sharp curve and crossed the center line. It struck a Webster County Sheriff’s Department patrol car.
None of the three firefighters on the engine truck, nor the deputy, were hurt.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 A Lake County man died Saturday morning after he crossed in front of a Tavares Fire Department truck on State Road 19, officials said.
Earl Dudley, 66, of Tavares was killed in the crash, which happened at 6:49 a.m. at S.R. 19 near Dead River Lake Road, Florida Highway Patrol reported.
FHP identified the driver of the Ford F-250 firetruck as Alan Gagne, 42, of Leesburg.
Gagne was driving south on S.R. 19 in the outside lane approaching Dead River Road, FHP said.
City of Tavares spokeswoman Joyce Ross said Gagne, a battalion chief at Tavares Fire Rescue, was driving back to the fire station after helping Lake County firefighters at an earlier incident.
“He had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection at S.R. 19 and Dead River Road when the bicyclist crossed in front of the truck,” Ross said.
Dudley’s bicycle collided with Gagne’s Ford F-250 as he rode the bike across S.R. 19 in a “westerly direction,” an initial FHP crash report said.
Dudley failed to yield the right of way to the truck, FHP said.
The left front of the Ford F-250 hit the right side of the bike.
The Ford F-250 came to a rest in the southbound lane near the west shoulder facing south.
The bike came to a rest on top of the concrete median.
Dudley ended up in the southbound lanes of S.R. 19. He was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.
Gagne was not hurt, FHP said.
“As is city policy, employees involved in any type of accident have blood samples drawn and tested,” Ross said. “Results are pending.”
FHP investigated the crash at the request of city officials. FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said FHP determined that Gagne was not at fault and could not have stopped in time to avoid the crash. He will not face charges.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 Sometimes a firefighter’s worst enemy is water.
A devastating water main break in Castro County, Calif. on Friday caused a massive sinkhole to open up in the street, pulling in a fire truck, Patch reports.
The break occurred at around 7 p.m., dispatchers told the site. Water flowed into several houses, causing damage. The gaping, 10-foot by 15-foot sinkhole was big enough to partially swallow the 40,000 pound emergency vehicle, Contra Costa Times reports.
Nobody was injured, but there was extensive damage to equipment and nearby homes. Heavy towing machines were used to pull the fire truck out.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the break.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 Residents in a rural Oklahoma town must now wait longer for firefighters to arrive at their call.
Early Wednesday morning, vandals torched the Avant Volunteer Fire Department’s go-to truck.
The Ford F-350 was parked inside the station.
Volunteer Fire Chief Gene Atkins said the vandals dumped it about three miles away in a secluded field. Then set it on fire around 6:45 Wednesday morning.
Atkins said thieves also stole money, all the medical supplies, and broke into the office where a urine-like liquid still soaks the desk.
Chief Atkins said the thieves came in through the ceiling with a crow bar left behind.
“I hope you had a good time, I really do,” Gene Atkins, the volunteer fire chief of Avant said, addressing the thieves. “It may be your family that needs us and we can’t get there quick enough.”
Said Avant Mayor Justin Brown: “The time they’ve spent, the effort to get what they have, for it to be taken senselessly — I’ll be here. We will fight for them and with them.”
Atkins said what upsets him the most about the break-in is the amount of effort it took to bring the fire truck into the town’s inventory. The former fire chief campaigned for years for the truck, said Atkins, eventually succeeding in 2008, only months before he died.
The department has other trucks, but firefighters stress that those take longer to arrive at a call.
This is the fifth time in three years someone broke into the volunteer station.
Avant firefighters now search for grants to replace the truck. The department is out $120,000.