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OHIO FIREFIGHTER FILES SUIT FOLLOWING CRUSHING ACCIDENT AND LOSS OF HIS LEGS-----LACK OF TRAINING CLAIMED.

     

Monday, November 26, 2012 Washington Township (Ohio) Firefighter Josef Tadijanac has filed a civil suit against Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department and 3 of its personnel for injuries he sustained while operating at a June 24 fire when he was pinned between fire apparatus. The suit was filed against the JTBFD and it's Chief Craig Roberts and Firefighters Scott Gerhart and Isaiah Finley.
Here are the details:

FF Tadijanac arrived at the fire in Troy Township, where he was instructed to assist in pumping/tanker ops. FF Tadijanac positioned himself at the rear of Tanker 145, owned by the Troy Township FD. The vehicle owned by the defendant, Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department Tanker 121, was positioned directly behind Tanker 145. The intent was to transfer water from Tanker 121 to Tanker 145. Tanker 121 was being operated by defendants Gerhart and Finley when, according to court documents, it suddenly moved forward, pinning FF Tadijanac him between the two vehicles.

The lawsuit states FF Gerhart was the driver of Tanker 121 and was operating the pumping system on Tanker 121 when it began to move forward. Finley was assisting him. The lawsuit claims failure to properly operate and control Tanker 121 and failure to properly maintain and inspect Tanker 121, and claims the plaintiff’s injuries were the direct result of acts and omissions of the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department. The complaint claims the firefighters were not properly trained.

As you may remember, FF Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amputations, organ system failures, vision loss and cognitive dysfunction, the suit alleges. He has required multiple surgeries and ongoing medical care, and has endured suffering, emotional distress and anxiety, all of which have rendered him disabled and unable to perform customary activities. We'll keep you advised on this case.

==DRIVER REMINDERS: Do a walk around...make sure the wheels are chocked...make sure the truck in the correct gear position....brake secure?

==CHIEF REMINDERS: What training exists for new drivers? Who certifies it? What are the annual driver training requirements? Who are the SOP's related to apparatus?

DRIVER TRAINING RESOURCES:

SAFE OPERATIONS OF FIRE TANKERS: http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/usfa%20safe%20operation%20of%20fire%20tankers.pdf

EMERGENCY VEHICLE SAFETY: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/firefighter_health_safety/safety/vehicle_safety/index.shtm#a

EMERGENCY VEHICLE PROGRAM & POWERPOINT SLIDES: https://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/home.html

TRAINING PROGRAMS/SERVICES:

http://www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com

http://www.drivetosurvive.org/



 Josef Tadijanac / Submitted photo


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