3RD FIREFIGHTER LODD IN LESS THAN A WEEK IN BELGIUM


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 It is with deep regret that we advise you that the Belgian Fire Rescue services suffered a third LODD in barely one week. The 39 year old Civil Protection Force Fire Rescue FF/Diver Olivier Rouxhet was killed in the Line of Duty during the search for 2 children in the Meuse River. The 12 and 6 year old children have been missing since January 16 when the oldest girl jumped after her sister who fell into the water.
As a part of the recovery efforts, the fire rescue service participated and the FF, Olivier Rouxet, an experienced diver, crew-chief of the diving operation over the the previous days, got into trouble going down in the man-made barrier complex on the river. He gave alarm signals by his security line, but the surface-crew couldn't free him. They immediately started a rescue operation but it was too late. He had been smashed to a pier of bridge by the flow and lost a part of his diving equipment, most importantly his breathing mask. A diver of the Liège Fire brigade was also injured bringing the unconscious FF to the surface. An medical crew start life saving measures but he did not survive. FF Oliver Rouxhet was divorced and leaves a 7 year old daughter. As always, our sincere condolences.

from www.firefighterclosecalls.com