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Damaged Firefighter PPE Displayed
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.