FIREFIGHTER IN INDIA LODD-ANIMAL RESCUE ELECTROCUTION
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We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty death information on a Firefighter in Byculla, Mumbai, India who was electrocuted. Firefighter Rajendra Bhojane, who was electrocuted and died in the Line of Duty trying to save a bird entangled in electric cables, was given official honors by the Mumbai Fire Brigade at their headquarters yesterday morning. He is survived by his wife and two daughters along with 2 other Firefighters who suffered severe burns. He had succumbed to very critical burn injuries on Saturday night.
Byculla Fire Brigade received a call at 8.30 pm on December 10, about a bird that had gotten entangled in electrical wires near Mahalaxmi Race Course in Ambedkar Nagar. Two fire engines with one officer, three firemen and one driver were dispatched.
While the firemen were using a stick to untangle the wires, their stick came in contact with a high tension wire and the three got electrocuted. They were rushed to Wockhardt Hospital and after emergency medical care they were shifted to the National Burns Institute in Navi Mumbai, where they were transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.
Firefighter Bhojane received 60 per cent burns on his body, while the other two, Firefighters Sanjay Kalbhere and Dinesh Sabankar suffered at least 30 per cent burns. Kalbhere and Sabankar are still undergoing treatment but their condition is stable.
NOT THE FIRST TIME:
This isn’t the first time that an India Firefighter (or North America) has died while trying to rescue animals and in this case, birds. In 2013, 31-year-old FF Umesh Krushna Parvate succumbed to injuries after falling while attempting to rescue a crow entangled in cable wires. He had fallen after the metal sheets of the roof he was standing on gave away under him and as he fell, hit his head against an iron beam. Days later, he died.
A high-level probe report has asked Government to relieve the fire service of taking bird rescue calls. Fire officials say that while rescuing birds is not their primary job, citizens frequently turn to them to save the trapped creatures and the brigade gets 10,000 bird rescue calls every year.
While helping Mrs Smith is nice, no Firefighter should be put in a position to be injured and certainly not die in the Line of Duty under these circumstances – be it in India, North America-or anywhere else. RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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