Sunday, June 4, 2017

A firefighter was critically injured when he fell from an aerial ladder onto the firetruck engine 9 during a training exercise at the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

Saturday, June 03, 2017 03:48PM

A firefighter was critically injured Saturday morning when he fell from an aerial ladder during a training exercise in downtown, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The incident occurred about 9:43 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Street, said Amy Bastman, a spokeswoman for the department.

The injured firefighter was treated by his colleagues at the scene and transported to a nearby trauma center, Bastman said. His name was not immediately released.

Asked what might have caused the fall, LAFD Captain Branden Silverman said: "We're not sure at this time. An ongoing review and investigation is happening right now, and we'll have more information as that investigation continues."


A firefighter was in critical condition Saturday after falling from a fire 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 transported 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 building.

Around 10 a.m., Caswell said, his wife saw the firefighter fall from what appeared to be about five stories.

“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.”