We regret to pass on that Firefighter Greg Garza, a 17-year veteran with SAFD, was operating at a call for an electrical incident and smoke at the Comfort Suites. FF Garza was trying to exit the fire apparatus it seemed that he stumbled or tripped getting out of the truck and was hit by an oncoming Culligan vehicle.
Firefighter Greg Garza was among a group of firefighters who responded to that call for an electrical problem at 0700, when he stumbled while exiting his fire apparatus and was hit by that truck and went into traumatic arrest at the scene….he was pronounced dead at 0804 hours.
The pickup truck driver stopped at the scene, was distraught and was treated. More to follow.
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We have all raised our awareness related to operating on interstates and related moderate to high speed roads-but we often don’t give as much thought to anytime and anywhere our apparatus is other than parked in quarters. Almost anytime fire apparatus is out, we are not parked “normally” by nature of the size and job(s) we have to do.
As quickly as we would create a TIMS based “zone of survival” on high speed or local roadways, we need to continue that practice ANYTIME and ANYWHERE. Be it a dumpster fire, an automatic alarm, a gas leak, a medical rescue/EMS run or whatever the call-place cones, block areas, and have the police (or fire police if you have them) manage and control the traffic. Don’t be in such a rush to release companies or law enforcement if they can help block, protect and create a survival zone. Civilians are distracted by so much-and then add a “scene” and they are probably not watching for us.
CREATE A ZONE OF SURVIVAL anytime we are operating at any scene by any means necessary.
While the facts on exactly what happened today in San Antonio are now fully out, this loss is a reminder for all of us.
Our condolences to all those affected in the tragic loss of FF Garza. More to follow.