10/05/10 72 W, 1 I - + 8 - 4 Blocking Works

Cruising around the Firehouse forums this morning finds this photo. Picture is from Stamford, CT, where an engine blocking lanes on I-95 was struck by a semi. The big rig was rolling at highway speed, which is 65 or higher in that area. The only injuries were one state trooper struck by flying debris. Firefighters Close Calls has details. Or read the forum thread.

Wow! that is total loss!
charlie - 10/05/10 - 11:13

Total gain for our brothers and sisters to be able to go home and be with their family!
JDean - 10/05/10 - 11:57

Once again…for my EMS brethren…MVC 29B8 on a major road- if they don’t send you a fire truck, call for it. And again, don’t take no for an answer. Imagine what would have happened had this been one of aluminum clad boxes. Your safety is oyur paramount concern. All the blinky lights, cones, and vests in the world won’t stop a fast moving vehicle from plowing into you.

And ALWAYS try and put something substantial between the back of your ambulance and oncoming traffic…
DJ - 10/05/10 - 13:53

There are departments in Wake County that REFUSE to block for safety…
DidYouKnow? - 10/07/10 - 00:26

Silver - 10/07/10 - 09:44

That’s fine and it’s their perogative. It’s also my perogative to get on the radio and specifically request the next nearest unit. I’ve already done it once. Although in that case it was not the FD’s decision, it was the LEO’s assessment that blocking apparatus was not appropriate in 17:00 traffic on a busy thorofare. But still, I’ll ask once, then I get on the radio.

My safety and that of my personnel comes first. Period.
DJ - 10/07/10 - 09:52

I have to agree with Silver and DJ in this. It is idiotic to disregard the safety of you and your personnel. And sadly, there are still a few LEO’s who think they are 10 feet tall and bulletproof-or that they cannot for any reason slow down rush hour traffic. I for one don’t want it to take a loss of life in our area to drive the point home. Always have that safety margin – read that big red firetruck – blocking for you!!
Goose - 10/07/10 - 11:50

And for the general public that is in a rush to get home after the bell strikes 5pm, we’re looking out for ourselves when you see several fire trucks and ambulances on the scene of a “minor” accident on Interstate/Highway ____(insert number here). If it means closing another lane for us to operate safely, then so be it. For years it was always “keep the traffic flowin’”. Well, I’m glad to see several agencies taking the stance on our safety, and not the convenience of others to make it home from work twenty minutes faster.

Stay safe, and watch out for each other!!
Silver - 10/07/10 - 13:48

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