Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Technical Rescue

Fire Apparatus Gets Stuck in MO Floodwaters

Firefighter were able to safely escape after their fire engine got stuck in floodwaters in central Missouri.

Lake Ozark firefighters were en route to help a man whose car stalled in rising water when the fire apparatus also got stuck in floods, according to a KRCG 13 report (http://bit.ly/15ScDlV). Other responders were able to reach the original victim and get him to safety.

The apparatus is being looked at by a mechanic, but doesn’t seem to have sustained any significant damage. A photo shows the fire truck tilted on its side in muddy waters.

Responders have conducted 25 rescues overnight Thursday after more rain fell on saturated areas of Missouri. A four-year-old boy was killed and a woman was missing after their car was swept from a tributary into a creek on Tuesday in Waynesville. The National Guard has been called on to assist.

Read more at http://bit.ly/15ScDlV and http://nbcnews.to/133Nfcp.

For more on water rescue situations, consider The Use of Airboats in Ice and Water Rescue Emergencies, SWIFTWATER RESCUE TACTICS, and HELICOPTER OPERATIONS IN SWIFTWATER RESCUES.