Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

 All,

An extreme close call yesterday when South Portland (Maine) Firefighters were training with a their new $1.1 million ladder truck and they hit a power line with the truck’s aerial device. The contact with the electrical line caused a fire to the new truck’s front right tire and shorted the controls of the aerial, keeping the firefighters from moving the extendable ladder away from the line. Thankfully, no Firefighters were hurt.

There is some history due to the nature of aerial ladders-and location of power lines. We pulled a few related report for your review as Firefighters have been injured & killed in the Line of Duty due to incidents such as this-during training, fire operations as well as public events.

We are thankful that none of the SPFD Firefighters were hurt and use this opportunity to share some history -and the opportunity to pause-and learn-with all members of TSL..so you can pass it on to your members as well. 

YESTERDAYS EVENT IN MAINE:

https://tinyurl.com/y79njbf7

https://tinyurl.com/ybclocud

Kentucky Fire Captain Killed, Firefighters Shocked-Near Electrocution:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWAp_UYGfCA

Pennsylvania Fire Captain Electrocuted At Fire Scene On Aerial-LODD

https://www.cdc.gov/NIOSH/FIRE/reports/face200801.html

California Firefighters Shocked-Near Electrocution:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpEuOoryzu0

Massachusetts Firefighters Shocked:

https://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/update-boston-firefighters-aerial-ladder-shock-incident/

Virginia Firefighters Shocked When Aerial Hits Power Lines

https://tinyurl.com/ydbazez7

Aerial Ladder Operations & Power Lines- Tips From Lt Mike Wilbur, FDNY (Ret)

http://emergencyvehicleresponse.com/aerial-operations-and-power-lines/

 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 10/31/2018-1430 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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