Gainesville (GA) Fire Apparatus Undergoes Precautionary Repairs

The Gainesville Fire Department truck that was used to rescue three Hall County firefighters injured in July after falling 44 feet in a collapsing ladder is now undergoing repairs as a precaution against the same kind of accident.

Operators of the city’s aerial platform ladder truck raised concerns that worn cables and pulleys could cause an accident similar to the one this past summer.

“Based on their concerns, and the recent accident with Hall County Fire Services, Tower 21 was removed from service and a reserve truck was used in its place,” Division Chief Keith Smith said in a news release.

However, city fire officials determined the ladder truck was safe to operate in a limited capacity.

The truck, which is a different make than the one involved in the Hall County accident, remained in use in a support and backup role, though the aerial ladder device was kept out of service, according to fire officials.

Officials said they decided to replace the cables, pulleys and wear pads on the ladder following an annual inspection in September.

North America Fire Equipment Co. technicians are in Gainesville this week performing the repairs at a cost of $15,000.

During a training exercise in July, Hall County firefighters TJ Elliott, Stephen Jackson and Will Griffin suffered back and spinal injuries when the bucket they were in atop a firetruck ladder fell more than four stories.

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