Damaged Firefighter PPE Displayed

Rick Luebke © 2016

March 22, 2016 – Denver Fire Department Assistant Chief CJ Haberkorn and Public Information Officer Melissa Taylor provided a presentation to local media on Tuesday with details from the Grant Street Fire which occurred on March 15, 2016.  During rapidly deteriorating conditions at a 3rd floor apartment fire, Firefighters from Truck Company 8 used their bodies to shield an injured civilian from the intense heat of wind-driven flames.  At the same time, Firefighters from Truck Company 4 used a ground ladder to bring the victim to the ground to waiting Denver Paramedics.  While that was occurring, the Truck 8 Firefighters knelt down on the balcony and sought cooler conditions.  Once the victim was on the ground, one at a time, the Firefighters from Truck 8 defended the ladder.  A HALO surveillance camera captured the entire rescue on video, note as the firefighters exit the balcony they are smoking and possibly on fire.  3 Firefighters sustained what the DFD described as minor burns, 2 of those Firefighters had to be placed on light duty assignments as a result of those injuries.  Chief Haberkorn described the DFD philosophy on risk analysis and applauded all of the crews for risking everything to save the trapped civilian.

 

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016

Rick Luebke © 2016