Water Main Causes an Engine to Sink Into Large Hole

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 |

On Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 5:20 AM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Dozer Team, 2 Dozer Tenders, 1 Loader Team, 1 Transport Team, along with the aid of LAPD, DOT, Gas Co, and Sanitation under the direction of Assistant Chief Mark Stormes responded to a flooding, involving one LAFD engine at 12200 W. Hartsook St. in North Hollywood. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...

Firefighters were in route to an unknown flood problem in the vicinity of West Hartsook St. in the Valley Village Community of North Hollywood. As the Crew arrived during the early morning hour, they encountered large amounts of water on the roadway.

With no asphalt visible, the Captain on the engine made a judgment call to begin backing out of the area. As they initiated backing procedures, two firefighters stepped out of the engine to stand as lookouts, while two additional firefighters remained aboard the rig. Suddenly, the front of engine began to sink into a large hole created by a water main that broke several yards away. The two firefighters escaped, one through a side window and one was able to ajar a door on the opposite side. The sink hole consumed most of the front of the apparatus, leaving a good portion of the back exposed. © Photo by Rick McClure. Click to view more...An intense recovery operation was initiated consisting of heavy rescue equipment, dozers, a good amount heavy duty Cables as well as personnel. It took firefighters and allied agencies all morning to devise a plan to retrieve the engine from the large sink hole. There where no other vehicles or individuals involved. Happily the firefighters escape this incident without any Injury.

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Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 comments:

Mark said...

I haven't commented on the blog in quite a while. Glad no one was injured. That certainly must be a strange feeling to be in a vehicle and have it suddenly sink under you.

Question regarding the PIO in the iReport on cnn.com. Is that one of the fine professionals that we know from the blog (since everybody's face but Brian's in anonymous)?

Stay safe,

Mark,
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

Mark,

That was Captain Steve Ruda who you saw in the video.

He has been mentioned before in the LAFD Blog.

http://lafd.blogspot.com/2006/03/right-stuff-lafds-captain-steve-ruda.html

Mark said...

Anonymous,

Thank your for you answer, and what a great day to remember Capt. Ruda's involvement in the Flight 93 memorial.

We shall never forget!

Stay safe,

Mark,
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

Out of all my years as a firefighter i have never seen anything like THIS!!!!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:44,

Thanks for the assistance. Yes, it was Captain Stephen Ruda, my Commanding Officer.

Anonymous 2:20,

...which is one of the reasons Los Angeles Firefighters are reticent to say "now, I've seen it all". In all seriousness, it was a frustrating and embarrassing occurence, but one for which we are glad beyond words that there were no injuries.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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