08/11/14 176 W, 1 I - + 4 - 5 Tiller Accidents

There was a tiller accident in California on Saturday. Vallejo Fire Department Truck 21 overturned while responding to a call. The apparatus struck a sport-utility vehicle, trapping the driver. He airlifted after a thirty-minute extrication. Seven people were injured including the four firefighters aboard. All suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Firegeezer reported this morning that three of the four firefighters have been released from the hospital. The "tillerman" remains in serious condition.

Chris Riley/Vallejo Times-Herald photo

Here are some links to the story: 

The incident recalls the tiller accident in Raleigh. On July 10, 2009, Ladder 4 overturned while responding to a call. It was a single-vehicle accident that injured four firefighters, with three transported, and two with serious injuries. Here's a look back: 

Here’s the safety video that subsequently produced by the Raleigh Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Department. Read blog posting about same from April 2011:

Hope the California brothers and the accident victims all make it through it ok! Also, as a fellow brother, I believe Raleigh has done a great job with their video after the accident. RFD did a great job of educating the fire service on current topics.
James Vick - 08/11/14 - 22:57

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