April 16, 2009 by Leave a Comment
|The Sabrina, the third saltwater ship of the season, came into port to load grain on Monday. While waiting at the Port Terminal for their dock to clear, a crew member working in a cargo hold fell and broke his ankle. The call went out to the Duluth Fire Department. Fire equipment operator Steve Gibson wheeled Tower No. 1 to the Port Terminal. (He is seen above in Tower No. 1 while at the fire station Wednesday.) The tower platform (upper left of picture) carried on the truck is usually raised and used by firefighters to fight a fire but it can also be used to pick up people when there is no other way to move a person out of danger. In this case, the crew had moved the injured man to the deck and the tower on the fire truck was used to pick him up and lower him to the ground where Gold Cross took him to the hospital. Only a month ago, fire fighters had toured the Edwin H. Gott so they would know what situations they might encounter on a boat.|
|*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-16-2009|
April 4, 2009 by Leave a Comment
|The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived in Duluth on Friday morning, coming in the Superior entry and moving down to moorings at the DECC. On Friday afternoon, members of the Duluth Fire Department visited the ship. The two groups share many duties. Like all ships, the Mackinaw is its own fire department when under way. Both groups are trained to handle a variety of emergencies. And, when they are in Duluth, the Duluth fire department is the ship’s fire department. The fire fighters were down to check on the ship and its fire fighting capability in case of an incident.
Another thing they have in common; the fire fighters would love to take a ride on the Mackinaw and the crew on the Mac would love to get a trip on a fire truck. Crew members of the ship were offered a tour of the fire house. In the picture above, Electricians Mate First Class Robert Bytlewood, back to the camera, is talking to fire department members, Capt. Perry Ludwig, Lisa Consie and Ed Schumacher. Bytlewood was explaining his duties in the ECC, Engineering Control Center.
|*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-04-2009|