Fire­fighter hurt af­ter fall from lad­der dur­ing a drill

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Es­mer­alda Ber­mudez es­mer­alda.ber­mudez@la­times.com

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.”

Pa­trick Fal­lon For The Times

A FIRE­FIGHTER was crit­i­cally in­jured in a fall from an en­gine’s aerial lad­der in down­town L.A.

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