Archive for October 3rd, 2023

Of interest … Indianapolis FD high-angle rescue


Excerpts from Indianapolis Fire Department Facebook page:

10:15 AM – After an errant #IMPD drone perched itself on top of a construction crane while in the course of it’s duties overnight, #IFD TacTeam 7C utilized the task…. by Indy Public Safety Logistics to help retrieve it… as an opportunity to conduct some spur of the moment high angle ropes/crane training.
High Angle Rope Rescue Training is inherently dangerous, highly technical, equipment intensive and requires constant training to maintain a perishable skill. The reality of our teams responding to an issue involving a crane, are more common than one might think. The bonus for today’s evolution was that no human victims were needing rescue, just a piece of expensive equipment that had a mind of it’s own.
Under the command of Lt. Ben Roberts, Lt. Erik Baynard, who is SPRAT certified, (Society of Professional Rope Access Technician), served as the primary rescuer, backed up by Private Ryan Cundiff. The IFD team made contact with the TWG Construction supervisor who generously allowed for us to make the retrieval. The building is the future home of Rise on Meridian apartments and will house 269 units.
Once the generator, providing power to the crane was shut off, Locked Out an Tagged Out by IFD, the 2 firefighters began the climb. The Mast sits at just at 130 feet high with the articulating Jib extending about 160 feet out. The drone was perched about 12 feet from the end of the Jib. With winds sitting at a mild 3 mph, the cranes position, in weathervane mode, was not expected to provide much concern for the climbers.
Climbing started at 11:25 AM. While Cundiff staged for backup just below the Jib, Baynard reached the Jib at 11:33 AM. The difficult transition to the top of the Jib was successfully made at 11:45 AM. Baynard notified command that end of the Cranes safety cable had been reached at 11:56 AM and he was going to utilize the fall protection system he brought with him to the top. The first transition on the Jib was reached at 12:06 PM and the drone was recovered at 12:23 PM. The drone was brought to safety at 12:33 PM. The two climbers began the process of returning at 12:38 PM and were both safely on ground at 1:26 PM.
The drone did sustain some slight injuries but nothing that can’t be fixed relatively easily and returned to service.
We are proud of the work our Tactical Teams do and this is one more example of a training opportunity we couldn’t let pass by.; #IFD; #IndianapolisFD; #techrescue; #high-anglerescue;

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New ambulances for Chicago

From a reader:

New cfd ambo about to go in Service; #ChicagoFD; #ambulance;

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Box Alarm in Woodstock, 10-2-23

From the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District on Facebook:

On Monday, October 2, 2023, at 5:10AM, the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District was dispatched to the 200 block of S. Jefferson Street in Woodstock for the reported residential structure fire.
A vigilant Woodstock police officer passing through the area first reported the fire and began alerting the occupants of the home. Initial reports indicated a large fire with someone trapped on the third floor. Firefighters arrived on scene within 4 minutes and confirmed a working fire on the rear of the home with all occupants evacuated. Several hose lines were deployed, and an interior attack was quickly initiated.
A request through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was made to the Box Level for additional resources to the scene and change of quarters companies. In total, seven neighboring fire districts responded to the aid request. The fire was considered under control within 45 minutes, but overhaul and investigations continued until 10:00AM. Two pet turtles were rescued by firefighters.
An adult male occupant was critically injured during the fire. Due to the extent of his injuries, a medical helicopter was requested but was unavailable to fly due to weather conditions. The male patient was subsequently transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital.
The home sustained heavy smoke and water damage throughout and is considered uninhabitable until repairs can be made. All 9 occupants of the home are receiving housing and various aid assistance from the American Red Cross. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital.
Preliminary investigations indicate the fire began on the rear deck of the home and quickly extended to the attic. There was no evidence of working smoke detectors in the home. Damage estimates are currently undetermined. The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious in nature but remains under investigation by the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District.; #housefire; #WoodstockFireRescueDistrict;

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As seen around … Schaumburg

This from Michael Maida:

I recently was able to stop by Schaumburg Station 51 and was able to take these photos of the new Engine 51.
Mike; #FireTruck; #MichaelMaida; #SchaumburgFD; #Pierce; #Impel;

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