In the “remember to wear your helmet strap” section, a Keizer, Oregon volunteer firefighter injured this week in a training exercise remains in stable condition at Salem Hospital on Friday recovering from his injuries. Witnesses reported that the firefighter fell Monday and hit his head on asphalt after tripping on a fire hose. The helmet the man was wearing came off and he suffered a concussion. Although the exact facts on what happened to this firefighter aren’t out, almost ALL of us fail to wear our helmet straps. It sounds like it could have made a difference in this situation…we wish him a quick recovery.
And last night, a smoke alarm sounded, alerting firefighters to a fire in their apparatus bay at Charlotte (NC) Fire Station 8. While investigating the alarm, members discovered their own apparatus floor was filled with smoke. The Charlotte Firefighters who were on duty escaped unharmed . The fire and explosion destroyed Engine Co. 8, which is one of two apparatus housed at that fire station. Quick action by members of the CFD kept the fire from reaching the main part of their fire station. Thanks to the building having a sprinkler system, the major damage was to Engine 8. Engine 64 was reported to be driven out on its own power. Additionally the fire sprinklers kept the fire from spreading into the 57 year old building.
Thanks to www.FireNews.net for the Charlotte info. Check out their website for related info and photos on the fire.
The CFD firehouse was sprinklered! Between that and the alarm system, clearly some Charlotte firefighters lives were saved last night. Outstanding!
Take Care-BE CAREFUL,
The Secret List 5-7-05