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    Firehouse.com News

    Posted: Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:31am
    Updated: Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:31am
    ..Methuen's fire chief says there could have been a tragic outcome when part of a ladder truck collapsed while crews battled a restaurant fire on Christmas morning, according to The Eagle Tribune.

    The incident dropped two firefighters onto the roof of Shadi's Restaurant & Lounge on Osgood Street after what Fire Chief Steven Buote describes as a "major structural failure" occurred.

    "It could have been a real tragedy," he told the newspaper.

    The rear left outrigger collapsed while two firefighters were in the bucket. The bucket dropped down about six inches onto the roof.

    The firefighters were briefly trapped and yelled for the truck's operator to get them out. Buote said they were lucky that the roof broke their fall.

    No one was injured, but the 1996 Nova Quintech was taken out of service and the department is without a ladder truck.

    "We're looking into maybe borrowing one from one of the departments around that may have a spare," Buote said.

    He said the outrigger collapse was most likely caused by "steel fatigue" and not by a lack of maintenance or rust.

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    Just curious of what everyone thought of this.......thank goodness no one was hurt!
    Last edited by rmcatee1; 01-06-2011, 10:26 PM. Reason: Poor spelling on my part! :)

  • #2
    Originally posted by rmcatee1 View Post
    No one was injured, but the 1996 Nova Quintech was taken out of service and the department is without a ladder truck.
    There's the first problem.......
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    • #3
      Wonder who is doing the maintenance? T.C.

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      • #4
        What is wrong with CANADIAN built fire apparatus??

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Reliance View Post
          What is wrong with CANADIAN built fire apparatus??
          Hmmmmm.......

          Thibault....Which were always piece of crap......

          Then you have Nova Quntech.......never saw one that didn't spend an extraordinary amount of time in the shops....


          And then you have the 2 biggest Canadian Revenges against the United States Military ever.....

          The Amertek 2500L MACI......One of the biggest pieces of schit I have ever had the displeasure of driving/operating.......

          and the Amertek.......can't think of the model but basically the equivalent of the P-19 crash truck....was so bad that most of the Drivers I worked with had our own coffee cups hanging up at the Motor Pool's kitchen.
          "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
            There's the first problem.......
            Not the first time an outrigger failed or one of their rigs had major problems! It won't be the last.
            Stay Safe and Well Out There....

            Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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            • #7
              Well we have had one since 1995 and it gets inspected daily, weekly, monthly and yearly and has had no major problems.

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              • #8
                Well we have had one since 1995 and it gets inspected daily, weekly, monthly and yearly and has had no major problems.
                Well that's 2, still a 50% failure rate...
                My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SPFDRum View Post
                  Well that's 2, still a 50% failure rate...
                  Think the odds are tipped the other way from 50%. NOT to the GOOD side. T.C.

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                  • #10
                    The Thibault clan ran most of the Quebec apparatus manufacturers. Thibault, Pierreville, Phoenix, Nova Quintec etc. Of all the long gone Canadian Manufacturers, King Seagrave made some top quality stuff. Much better than the garbage from Quebec that we had.

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                    • #11
                      FWIW, this particular truck has already spent a year at Pierce (who's now inherited these beasts, apparently) with issues. "Some kind of steel failure" is being blamed but there don't seem to be a lot of details coming out yet.

                      Has anyone come across a picture of the failed outrigger? (or stabilizer -- reports vary as to which it was and I'm not familiar with NQ trucks)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post

                        The Amertek 2500L MACI......One of the biggest pieces of schit I have ever had the displeasure of driving/operating.......

                        and the Amertek.......can't think of the model but basically the equivalent of the P-19 crash truck....was so bad that most of the Drivers I worked with had our own coffee cups hanging up at the Motor Pool's kitchen.
                        You talking about the Amertek 4000, a.k.a. the "money pit."

                        C6

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Command6 View Post
                          You talking about the Amertek 4000, a.k.a. the "money pit."

                          C6
                          AKA "take it over to the motor pool at least once a week to have all the lug nuts tightened." (among other things.........)
                          "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
                            FWIW, this particular truck has already spent a year at Pierce
                            Well, there's the problem right there.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                              AKA "take it over to the motor pool at least once a week to have all the lug nuts tightened." (among other things.........)
                              Turn the wheels around. Can't put the Left sided wheel on the Right sided hub. sheesh! T.c.

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