As they say, the “hits” just keep on coming-ut in our case, it’s lead to LODD’s injuries and civilians losses as well. Earlier this morning (0408 hours) Cobb (GA) Fire’s Engine-9 responded to a vehicle crash on I-20.
While operating, a car struck the back of Engine-9, resulting in Engine-9 catching fire–fully involved. Other companies turned out as well. Thankfully, Engine 9’s crew was not inside the rig, but it was a total loss.
Cobb County Firefighters heroically rescued the driver from the burning vehicle almost immediately, despite being surrounded by heavy fire and zero water protection. The patient was transported to the hospital (unsure of the patient’s condition at-this time). The driver was the only one in the car.
HERE is video from the scene. Below is a photo of the rig.
And in DELAWARE, one man was killed after a crash with a firetruck on U.S. 301 near Middletown on Saturday night. The ladder company had just arrived at the scene of the first about 2000 hours when it was struck from behind by a man driving an Acura. The apparatus’s emergency lights were on at the time of the crash.
There were no Firefighter injuries but sadly, the civilian driving was killed.
NEW WARNING LIGHT PLANS:
“FIRE SERVICE SITUATIONAL WARNING LIGHT SYSTEMS”
For years, we have increased lights, added more lights, used brighter lights-etc-thinking it simply made good sense…so the public would use caution.
However, we have also arrived on scenes and have noticed the “many lights” when arriving on a scene…perhaps even being a distraction to the message we are trying to convey…not to mention our challenges with distracted driving.
Whelen Engineering has been working with several groups including Responder Safety, the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, and many others to come up with a “better way” of warning the public when we-the Firefighters-are stopped…to clearly help civilians understand WHAT WE WANT THEM (the motoring public) TO DO as they approach a scene.
I voluntarily spent time with Whelen Engineering (many of them Firefighters themselves) to help create the following video to encourage the NFPA committee (also many of them Firefighters) to make a positive change in their current lighting standard, to best protect us. Take a look.
FIRE SERVICE SITUATIONAL WARNING LIGHTING:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 4/14/2019-1937 Hours