Firefighter hurt after fall from ladder during a drill
A firefighter was in critical condition Saturday after falling from an engine’s aerial ladder during a training exercise in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.
“It appears to have been a significant fall onto a firetruck,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Branden Silverman said.
The accident occurred Saturday morning in the 300 block of South Main Street.
The firefighter, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, was taken to a trauma center, officials said.
David Caswell and his wife live within view of the Barclay Hotel, where firefighters often train using an aerial ladder to swiftly scale the side of the building.
Caswell said his wife saw the firefighter fall from what appeared to be about five stories about 10 a.m.
“It was just awful,” he said. “They crowded around him, and there was lots of activity. They braced him up, and he seemed to be moving his limbs.”
A FIREFIGHTER was critically injured in a fall from an engine’s aerial ladder in downtown L.A.