12/28/10 81 W, 1 I - + 11 - 4 Charlotte Apparatus Accident Injures Three Firefighters

FireNews has posted information and story links about yesterday morning's apparatus accident in Charlotte. Three fighters were treated and released with minor injuries after the single-vehicle accident. A fourth firefighter aboard was not injured. Engine 38 was responding to a medical call when the apparatus slide into a tree at the intersection of Westinghouse and Shopton roads. The three year-old engine sustained "significant damage." The incident occurred about 8:55 a.m.

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so what happens when there is an apparatus accident and the crew is transported to the hospital. obviously the engine is out of service and they will put a reserve in its place. Does the crew return to duty after their release from the hospital,or do they go home for the day. Does the Engine company remain out of service until the next shift comes in to work the following day. Does the department reasign on duty personnel to the apparatus for the remainder of the day. Does the fire department cover the station’s territory with the next closest truck.
charlie - 12/29/10 - 11:22

I can’t speak to this particular incident (I’ve been off, and haven’t talked to anyone about it yet), but typically for CFD, a move up company will cover the response area during the incident so there is no lapse in coverage. The move up company will be in place until the original company can return to service in a reserve apparatus. As far as the crew goes, if they go to the hospital, they more than likely will not return to duty that shift. If they don’t go to the hospital, it just depends. If a new crew is needed, a crew will be put together using on duty personnel (if we are overstaffed that day) or called in for overtime. A reserve apparatus will be put into service with the make shift crew. Our reserves have hose on them already, so only loose equipment, and gear needs to be transferred over to the reserve. This can be usable equipment from the wrecked rig or replacement from our logistics division.
Rides An Engine - 12/29/10 - 12:15

Get well soon brothers!!!!!!Glade ya’ll walked away!God was with all of you!!!!!!!
Jason Lane - 12/29/10 - 16:29

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