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Chief’s Vehicle Crushed by Tree

Posted By Near Miss Team/ Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / Print

What was your initial size up?
A tree was down blocking roadway and traffic access.
Enter a summary of your event:
During a rather massive wind storm, our department responded to 14 calls in a 12-hour shift. One of the calls was for a tree down blocking access to the road. The department chief was first on the scene, and the brush truck arrived soon afterward. While all hands were working on cutting up and removing the tree that was blocking the road, a second tree fell near the scene crushing the unoccupied chief's vehicle.
Which of the following occurred, if any?

Extinguishing problem


Factors that contributed to the event:
Situational Awareness
Describe the Lessons Learned at this Event. What recommendations do you have to prevent a similar occurrence?
Always pay attention to the surrounding conditions while at a scene. Don't have everyone participate in cleaning up the situation. Have someone standing by observing the surroundings for other issues that are different the primary reason you were called for.
Were unsafe act(s) performed

Date the event occurred (mm/dd/yyyy):
Other significant event:
Approximate time the event occurred (00:00):
Location of emergency/event:


Contributing Factors 

Factors that contributed to the event:

Situational Awareness

Resources & Weather

Which of the following resources were on scene when the event took place?
Command Vehicle
How many?
Approximate number of personnel per unit:
Wildland (Brush Truck)
How many?
Approximate number of personnel per unit:
Did the weather/environmental conditions impact operations or the event?
Wind speed:
Strong (Above 25 mph)

Good visibility


Were there civilian injuries or fatalities?
Were there any firefighter injuries?
Was there substantial department-owned property/equipment damage or other department cost?
Describe the department owned property/equipment damage:
Chief's personal vehicle received over $10,000 in damage.



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