Asheville CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Fire truck damaged in accident

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No one was injured, but a fire truck was damaged after it rolled onto its side Friday afternoon.
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1 - 20 of 20 Comments Last updated Feb 11, 2008

“WeaverVEGAS baby!”

Since: Feb 07

Weaverville, NC

#1 Feb 8, 2008
ouch
dmw

Greer, SC

#2 Feb 9, 2008
since when do fire depts send a truck out on an emergency with only the driver? sounds like bs to me
mnm

Asheville, NC

#3 Feb 9, 2008
He was leaving the scene going back to the station, other personal were still on the scene.
Linda

Boone, NC

#4 Feb 9, 2008
Wow what a wake up call. Glad the driver wasn't injured. There are some very deep ditches along the shoulder of many roads.
leicesterFD

Shelby, NC

#5 Feb 9, 2008
The call was a heart attack patient resulting in an MVC. We had to use the personnel out of that truck to ride in the ambulance to the hospital. The truck was returing to the station when the accident occured. Hopefully that will clear things up regarding the single person company.
American

United States

#6 Feb 9, 2008
dmw wrote:
since when do fire depts send a truck out on an emergency with only the driver? sounds like bs to me
Back in the day, when I was on the Black Mountain Fire Department, we did. But, then again, that was back in the day.
American

United States

#7 Feb 9, 2008
Brad Norton on the B.M.F.D. ran a truck through the front of a house. Da-n near killed a man in the house. Years back. No action took against Brad. Accident. Should be no action against this fireman.

“Life as good as you let it be”

Since: Dec 07

Leicester, NC

#8 Feb 9, 2008
dmw wrote:
since when do fire depts send a truck out on an emergency with only the driver? sounds like bs to me
If it is volunteer fire department, its happens regularly if that is what it takes to get it out of the barn. I was a volunteer and more than oncei left the station as the only one in the truck.
American

United States

#9 Feb 9, 2008
Red Sox Fan wrote:
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If it is volunteer fire department, its happens regularly if that is what it takes to get it out of the barn. I was a volunteer and more than oncei left the station as the only one in the truck.
Black Mountain is also volunteer but also had paid on duty 24/7. When I was on the roster at the time we only had one paid on duty a shift. Back in the day, don't know how it is now.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#10 Feb 9, 2008
Red Sox Fan wrote:
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If it is volunteer fire department, its happens regularly if that is what it takes to get it out of the barn. I was a volunteer and more than oncei left the station as the only one in the truck.
You volunteered with the Leicester Fire Department? Thats a good group of chaps and I think they have more than one that is on the payroll. Big area.

I dont think the driver of this fire truck should get in any trouble at all. That road blows and I couldnt count the number of times I have ran off the edge of it trying to get by a car coming straight at me.
oteen proud

Asheville, NC

#11 Feb 9, 2008
leicesterFD wrote:
The call was a heart attack patient resulting in an MVC. We had to use the personnel out of that truck to ride in the ambulance to the hospital. The truck was returing to the station when the accident occured. Hopefully that will clear things up regarding the single person company.
I don't know for sure but don't all amdulances have 2 riders one to drive and one to ride in back

“Life as good as you let it be”

Since: Dec 07

Leicester, NC

#12 Feb 10, 2008
Dunnin wrote:
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You volunteered with the Leicester Fire Department? Thats a good group of chaps and I think they have more than one that is on the payroll. Big area.
I dont think the driver of this fire truck should get in any trouble at all. That road blows and I couldnt count the number of times I have ran off the edge of it trying to get by a car coming straight at me.
No I volunteered here in Fletcher, but I know several of the Leicester guys and yes they are a bunch of really nice guys.

I can't count the times that I have saw (or had happen to me) that a car WILL NOT give up a little room to let a fire truck pass. Then let them call 911 and the FD being a little late (according to them) getting to their house.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#13 Feb 10, 2008
Red Sox Fan wrote:
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No I volunteered here in Fletcher, but I know several of the Leicester guys and yes they are a bunch of really nice guys.
I can't count the times that I have saw (or had happen to me) that a car WILL NOT give up a little room to let a fire truck pass. Then let them call 911 and the FD being a little late (according to them) getting to their house.
People who wont get out of the way of ambulances, firetrucks and cops with lights going and sirens wailing amaze me. They really do. Their sense of self importance must be a hard thing to bear.
American

United States

#14 Feb 10, 2008
oteen proud wrote:
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I don't know for sure but don't all amdulances have 2 riders one to drive and one to ride in back
County ambulance does. Fire Department ambulance is different.

“8 year nightmare is over”

Since: Apr 07

Lincolnton, NC

#15 Feb 10, 2008
oteen proud wrote:
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I don't know for sure but don't all amdulances have 2 riders one to drive and one to ride in back
Yes, but it is very hard for one person to do chest compressions, bag the patient, start IVs, administer drugs, and get instructions from the hospital, all in the back of a moving ambulance.

How quickly the completely ignorant are to judge, and how very often they are just so wrong.

OH, and in case you haven't figured it out, they use two firemen that also responded to the call, one to drive, and one to assist with patient care in addition to the two paramedics.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#16 Feb 10, 2008
I can hear it now. Citizens complaining about a firetruck being driven around with just one person in it.

I think it is more important to concentrate on saving lives than it is to concentrate on saving $. I am just glad that many are willing to do what others simply wont.

From what I have seen of the EMT's and the Firemen out in Leicester, they know what they are doing. Who are we to second guess them?

If it were your loved one, what would you want them to do? Anything it takes. Or that would be what I would want.
Chris martin

United States

#17 Feb 11, 2008
I live at the crash site (of the pickup), and I can say with pride that the folks at the FD were here within two minutes of the call!!! As for the firetruck having a wreck on the way back to the station, well thats Alexander road for you. Dump trucks and speeders that refuse to move over or slow down.

I say the issue here isn't the fellow driving the truck by himself but the safety of Alexander road. If this doesn't get the attention of traffic enforcement nothing will.

American_native what's with the upside down flag? Do you need help?

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#18 Feb 11, 2008
I use that road a lot as a short cut to Weaverville. Quite frankly, it is horrible. There is no sense in this day and age for a road to be like that. And contrary to what they might think, a dump truck doesnt "own" the road, but I sure as heck will give them my share of it vs possibly dying.

I seem to give them "my share" of the road a lot way out here in curvy Leicester, as well.

“8 year nightmare is over”

Since: Apr 07

Lincolnton, NC

#20 Feb 11, 2008
Chris martin wrote:
American_native what's with the upside down flag? Do you need help?
It's Asheville native, but yes, with a traitor in the whitehouse, we all need help.
LeicesterFD

Lake Lure, NC

#21 Feb 11, 2008
The paramedics on board requested one person to drive, and one person to assist teching the patient. We have five paid personnel during the day and three at night as well as volunteer assistance 24/7. During the initial call, it was a three person company in the truck involved in the accident with two people on board the ambulance. Patient condition is a deciding factor on how many personnel are on the ambulance.

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