Rookie Firefighters Emircan Çolak, 28 and Mehmet Ali İnal, 24, were both thrown onto the roof of the apartment opposite the fire station-and both have now died in the Line of Duty. Both Firefighters had only 1 year of service on the Istanbul Fire Service.
Initial and very tentative reports on the incident is that it was reportedly a Magirus 68 L, apparently placed in service in 2017. It is reported to be the largest aerial ladder model made, and it uses 7 sections, measuring 68 meters which is 223 feet.
As previously posted, bcews were drilling yesterday morning when the failure occurred and the Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty. While the incident is still under investigation, we have one unofficial report claiming that the apparatus operator stated that the aerial boom “did not stop” at it’s maximum height and extended further-and the bottom ladder boom came out of its bed and collapsed. While it was falling, the bucket hit the nearby building and catapulted the 2 Firefighters on to the roof.
HERE is a VIDEO history of the company Magirus who has an excellent reputation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWJ4urwyFC0&feature=emb_title
The funeral ceremony was held at Kadıköy Fire Station. Firefighter Emircan Çolak, 28, who has been working in Kadıköy Fire Department as of 2019, was married. Çolak’s funeral was sent to Pasinler district of his hometown, Erzurum, to be buried. Inal, who loves firefighting, was sent to his hometown, Kütahya, to be buried.
VIDEO OF THE FIREFIGHTERS FUNERAL CEREMONY:
VIDEOS OF THE AERIAL TOWER COLLAPSE SCENE:
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.