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TECHNICAL RESCUE INVOLVING BIG TRUCKS: A CASE STUDY

Issue 3 and Volume 152.

TECHNICAL RESCUE INVOLVING BIG TRUCKS: A CASE STUDY BY GARY SIEGEL At 1415 hours on July 6, 1998, the Rockland County (NY) Fire Communications Center (44 Control) received a call that a garbage truck had crashed on Route 59 in Nanuet, New York. Route 59, a major thoroughfare in Rockland County, has two lanes traveling east and two lanes traveling west. Reportedly, the driver lost his brakes while proceeding down a steep incline. The driver veered to his right and jumped the sidewalk so that he would not hit and injure people waiting in their automobiles for a traffic light ahead to change. The truck hit a large commercial signpost, and the signpost`s structural member became embedded in the truck, trapping the driver. Firefighters from the Nanuet (NY) Fire District responded. Twenty minutes later, the Pearl River (NY) Fire District provided mutual aid. SIZE-UP The main objectives were to stabilize…

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