Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Salisbury Fire Department in the Past
Here is a couple more photos from Salisbury Fire Departments past. Once again I remember the incident but not the date.
I am not sure of the reason for workers being on scaffolding on the old section of "Peninsula General Hospital", but there was a failure of one of the cables used to suspend it. One of the workers on the scaffolding fell about 30 feet when his personal safety equipment did it's job and arrested his fall. This part of the old building was about 5 stories high.
Salisbury Fire Dept responded and Assistant Chief Tony Sterling and Lt. Bill Schneider assended the ladder to free the worker from his harness and assist him to the ground.
Chief Sterling is wearing the dark Shirt and the white helment and Lt Schneider is in the white shirt.
I will try to get a better time frame of when this happened and with any luck possibly a solid date.
The ladder truck used in this rescue was a 1973 American LaFrance
1000 series chassis, with a 100' aerial ladder. The approx. cost of this vehicle new was about $250,000. That was a lot of money in 1973. About equal to $1,000,000 today. Do you suppose the victim of this incident really cared about cost that at this point?
I suppose it's a good thing Albero wasn't around to "watchdog" expenses back then, or this gentleman might still be hanging on the side of the building. No doubt Albero would have insisted the victim put a personal finacial contribution towards the vehicle cost, much the ways he insists only those in need of a fireboat purchase that piece of equipment.
Thanks BC for this series of pics.