12/19/09 174 W - + 5 - 5 History and Skeletons

Found a couple photos of apparatus accidents from the 1950s and 1960s. They're from departments in North Carolina, and depict atypical accidents. Ladder truck tipped over. Bridge broken by another ladder truck. Neither resulted in fatalities, nor serious injuries. The photographs are compelling, and for a couple reasons. Historical perspective. Uniqueness of incident. But Mr. Blogger has stayed his hand.

His sympathetic side sees that even forty and fifty years out, these are still skeletons. At their time, the accidents were probably well known. Today, they're likely forgotten, except in the lore of the local department(s).

What's the value in presenting them today? Don't know. If we were, say, compiling a book on the history of firefighting in the state, such pictures would be part of the mosaic. As incidental (ha) blog postings-- even in a season of heavy historical research-- they're far more out of context. 

What's the statute of limitations on skeletons? And how useful is the occasional opening of closets containing same? It's a good question.

Everyone (and every department) has done some pretty stupid sh** over the years. If you say otherwise, you are fibbing! I’d say the statute of limitations is limited to immediate memory. And even then, if nothing really constructive can come of it, then file ‘em away.
DJ (Email) - 12/19/09 - 10:42

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