• Backup ladder trucks in place after 3 Hall County firefighters are injured

    By: Erica Byfield


    COBB COUNTY, Ga - There are backups in place in Cobb County to handle fire calls now that firefighters can no longer use ladders on three trucks.

    Cobb Fire leaders made the decision after a ladder on the same make and model truck in Hall County collapsed and hurt three firefighters.

    For the time being, officials have decided to use two trucks and restrict the ladder use and remove one from service all together.

    The stations dealing with the changes are Station One in Mableton, Station 4 in Vinings and Station 22 in south Cobb County.

    "We elected to use them so that they can respond, they have a pump and a tank so we can pull lines and pump water and get our staffing to the incident," said Cobb County Fire spokesman Daniel Dupree.

    In recent months, Cobb firefighters assisted Marietta firefighters during a massive chemical plant fire.

    If something in the coming weeks occurred at Six Flags, Dupree said they would have to call in help.

    "We are going to rely on mutual aid from Fulton County, city of Atlanta, Douglas County and city of Smyrna," he said.

    Cobb Fire has five other aerial trucks not affected by the ladder restrictions.

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