08/16/10 186 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Doors and Walls and Roofs

Firegeezer this morning offered some personal memories on the destructive abilities of apparatus compartment doors, and notably when said doors are open when an apparatus is leaving quarters. The context was the prior day's report from Clinton, NY, where the front wall of a fire station-- the brick front wall at that-- was brought down by the open door of a new aerial ladder. And with a great quote from the town's mayor, "Clearly with the accident, we need more training."

And for the 'geezer guys, the all-time champion compartment door destructor was the Dana Fire Department in Henderson County. Their station was so severely damaged in June 2008, that the entire building was torn down. Read their report.

Just last week, another North Carolina station suffered severe damage when an ambulance struck the building. That was Thursday in Mecklenburg County, when a Medic unit in Cornelius caused the collapse of a roof on Chartown Drive. Read that story from WCNC. Who's up for inventing a door detection system that prevents vehicle movement when compartments are open?

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