Firefighter injured after falling off truck responding to call:
First, I am pleased that the (un-named) F/F is apparently going to be OK. :)Quote:
Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said the firefighter fell off a fire truck that was turning a corner while en route to the 3000 block of Liberty Heights Ave. shortly after noon.
The firefighter suffered injuries to his head and elbow, including lacerations, and was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution, Cartwright said. The firefighter DID NOT appear to have fractures or life-threatening injuries, he said. Cartwright said the Truck Company No. 12 firefighter had been in the cab of the truck and WORE A SEAT BELT, and an investigation was underway to determine how he fell.
However with common-sense thinking, it is degrading to anyone to not have many questions' on this incident...as I find it nearly impossible to believe how someone could fall out of ANY vehicle...with a SEAT BELT ON, unless of course it's a rollover.
1. the F/F did not have his seat belt on, and the door latching mech. was faulty or the door was not closed tighty...
2. the door latch failed, and split seconds later the seat belt failed
3. the reporter did not get the story right...asking no questions, which today is SOP for most 'reporters' everywhere.
In any case, I feel there needs to be a FULL investigation into this by NFPA; the Apparatus mfgr. Association; the NTSB; DHS and everyone else regarding VEHICLE SAFETY...especially for fire apparatus. I thought NOT 'riding-on-the-tailboard' and 4-dr. cabs would solved this issue.