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HOW COULD FIREFIGHTERS ALLOW AERIAL LADDER TRUCK TO TIP OVER?

The Buffalo firefighters who overturned a ladder truck during a safety demonstration at Southside Elementary School should be fired. Firefighters are well-trained with regard to the safety issues related to the extension of an aerial ladder. It is typical protocol to extend the outriggers prior to the uplifting of the ladder to prevent tip-over.

The firefighters damaged a $600,000 piece of necessary firefighting equipment and jeopardized the safety of other bystanders. If this event had occurred in private industry, there would be no doubt that those responsible would be fired.

These are the same firefighters who say that their service is so important to the community, yet their negligent actions will cost city taxpayers a great deal of money to replace this truck. The use of the word accident by this group of firefighters is a mockery to the safety and health profession, and accountability needs to be swift and definite.

Officials need to investigate why the outriggers were not extended.

Richard Ryzda

Safety and health specialist

Lackawanna

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