Manufacturer Requests Removal of Fire Trucks After Accidents

- JULY 24, 2014-- On June 25th, three men were in the bucket on a Belle Valley Fire Department rig installing new equipment on a radio tower at the Wattsburg Fire Hall. All three were injured when the truck's ladder suddenly retracted. At the time fire officials said a pully cable snapped. This Tuesday, three Georgia firefighters were also hurt when the ladder on their truck retracted about 40 feet. Both trucks were manufactured by Sutphen. Following the incident, Sutphen's president issued a statement which reads in part, “We have now voluntarily removed all five section aerial devices from service and are undertaking a thorough review." The request has customers with fire engines from the company on alert while the investigation continues. West Ridge Fire Department also has an aerial truck and although it has not had any problems with its truck, Sutphen contacted them as well.

“If we do have to extend the ladder up into the air they asked that there be no fire firefighter on the elevated part itself. We can still flow water if we need to for what we call a master stream operation. " West Ridge Fire Chief, Dan Ouellet, said.

The department says Sutphen has been in constant contact with its customers during this investigation.

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