It must be an interesting life being involved in emergency response. We dare say there are procedures to be followed but, especially out in the boonies, sometimes responders need to take the initiative.
So it was in January, where the Grand Tower Fire Department in Illinois resorted to some homespun techniques to help deal with a house fire. The blaze broke out in an abandoned home in the small town; the volunteer fire department managed to shut off the gas and electric supply to the house but were concerned that, as their firefighting efforts had left a large amount of water around the house – up to a foot deep (30 cm) in some places – there was a risk from the live power lines outside the home.
With medical and utility company personnel some way away from the remote location, Chief Wright of the fire department leafed through his mental playbook and resorted to a seldom-used method of dealing with this sort of issue, what he called the ‘Grand Tower Electric Disconnect’. This involves breaking out the shotgun and shooting the live power wires from the pole. He reckoned this was the third time he’d had to use this technique in the past 30 years.
STUCK IN A HOLE
In July last year, firefighters in Clearwater, Florida were called to help a man who had got stuck inside a pesticide tank. The victim in this story worked for a pest control company and had been cleaning the tank out when his shoulders became wedged inside the opening. Fire crews arrived to find him securely lodged in place: “He was into the tank at least up to the waist, but his feet were hanging over the side so he had no support,” said Lt Bob Kean of the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department. His crew tried to pull him out but that was hurting him, so tightly was he wedged in.
As a last resort, fire crews cut the tank open using a reciprocating saw. The victim in the incident was taken to hospital as a precaution. Perhaps not surprisingly, he declined to give his name to reporters on the scene.
FLEEING THE SCENE
Also looking to remain unidentified were a tanker driver and his mate, who absconded last July after their vehicle caught fire in Osino, Ghana. It soon became apparent that the fire was no accident – it was set deliberately in order to hide the evidence of the pair’s actions in selling its cargo of diesel.
According to reports in the Graphic, the 54,000 litres of diesel was loaded in Tema and was to be delivered to the northern town of Yendi; instead, the driver diverted to Accra, where the load was sold, and then went to Osino.
The deal was ‘masterminded’, according to the Graphic, by a former driver for the trucking company, although his plan seemed to have a lot of holes in it. Firstly, it relied on the driver claiming that he had run out of fuel (despite there being 54,000 litres of it on the truck), in order to get the mate out of the way while the deal was done.
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