After deaths from fallen trees on vehicles, firefighters train on rescues
DANBURY - After a series of deaths in the area, Danbury firefighters have been training on how to rescue people after trees fell on their vehicles.
“Over the past several weeks all companies have been refreshing on vehicle stabilization and have exercised the capabilities of our new Res-Q-Jack struts,” the department posted on its Facebook page.
“Over the past several days Rescue 1 and Truck 1 worked on several complex challenges by removing victims and vehicles from under fallen trees. This scenario has played out several times in our city over the past year and we are always working to provide the highest level of service to our citizens.”
A series of strong thunderstorms, tornadoes and a macro-burst struck the greater Danbury area on May 15.
A Danbury man was mowing his lawn during that storm and took shelter in a truck that was hit by a tree.
The same day, a 41-year-old woman in New Fairfield was killed when a tree struck her car. A child in the car survived the accident.
In July, there were two, tree-related deaths.
On July 17, a New Milford resident was killed when his car crashed into a tree on Ericson Road. Authorities said the tree likely came down during a heavy round of thunderstorms earlier in the day.
On July 24, a 45-year old Danbury man was killed after a tree fell on a pickup truck that he was a passenger in. The tree struck the truck around 9 a.m. on Padanaram Road.