Firefighting

ELECTRICAL SAFETY ON THE FIREGROUND

Issue 6 and Volume 159.

BY DOUG LEIHBACHER At 1423 hours, Yonkers, New York, fire dispatchers received a call from an off-duty police sergeant who reported that, while he was driving home, he observed a crew repairing a utility pole and noticed a flash of light and then smoke as he passed by. Shortly thereafter, several additional calls reporting rolling blackouts in the southeast section of the city were received. An engine, a ladder, and a battalion chief were dispatched to the scene for a possible transformer fire. The engine was first to arrive. The officer, Captain Curtis Bracy, reported a snapped utility pole with primary and secondary wires down across the utility truck, which, along with a transformer, was on fire. The engine also reported that the wires were still “live” and arcing. When Battalion Chief Stan Nowak arrived, he scanned the scene and observed, in addition to the burning truck, smoke coming from…

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