A question frequently asked by citizens is, "Why are fire engines at a car accident?" Many do not realize that nearly every emergency response involves the fire department. Many times we are the first ones on a scene to offer aid; the site of a motor vehicle accident is no exception. Consider Newton's second law of motion: mass x acceleration = force. Now envision two accelerating vehicles on a direct path towards each other. The resulting force is a collision that often causes massive destruction that calls for special tools to access the people inside.
Enter the men and women of the Marietta Fire Department. In 2005, the department acquired Holmaltro extrication equipment and trained all personnel in its uses. These lighter versions of the old "jaws of life" allow for quicker deployment and thus faster access to folks traveling Marietta's streets and highways.
Marietta and Cobb firefighters often respond together due to the departments' proximity to the interstates.
Marietta firefighters hone their crew's skills on overturned vehicles.
Responding on Marietta's numerous highways, MFD firefighters frequently encounter serious motor vehicle accidents. Speeding motorists attempting to stop suddenly often find themselves upside down.
MFD's Squad 55, E55, and Cobb E19 responded to this accident on Interstate 285 where they found a man trapped in the cab. Firefighters used Squad 55's airbags and cribbing to lift the rear of the truck so they could pull the patient out of the rear window. The driver suffered only minor injuries.
Crashes like this one on I-75 often result in massive traffic slowdowns in both directions. Fire units, police and the Department of Transportation work closely to open lanes as soon and safely as possible. Drivers can reduce the danger they pose to rescue workers by reducing the speed of their vehicle as they pass by accident scenes.
Marietta's Squad 55 often responds to assist Cobb County fire units with extrications or specialty rescues.