Sunday night North Montgomery County Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Ben Wiggins Road. Units arrived on scene and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. However with two engines in the driveway of the home some 250 yards from the road, the driveway gave way to the wet soil below it. After several hours work, Sunday night Roxanne with Milstead Heavy Duty was able to retrieve one truck which was only about 100-feet from the road. The other truck, which was also sunk to the body was a far more time-consuming project. Commissioner Metts responded to the scene Sunday night and determined what was needed to remove the truck. Early Monday morning Precinct 4 crews arrived with several laminated wooden mats. Using a back how on loan from Martin Realty, the crews were able to lay them over part of the driveway. Once that was completed, firefighters used their own skills and equipment to raise the body up out of the mud enough to hook a heavy-duty wrecker to it. With the newer trucks, just pulling it out would have damaged lower cabinets, steps, exhaust and other components. Chris with Milstead Wrecker then started to winch the truck out. The soft soil continued to break away under the fire truck. Three times the heavy duty entered and exited the drive with no effect. However, as the fire truck was pulled back it constantly broke the surface and sank again and again. The truck was finally brought onto the wooden mats and was able to exit with a small amount of cosmetic damage. Metts explained that due to the fire truck having the two axles compared to the multi-axle wrecker, the load difference made the truck go down in the very saturated surface. However, with life and property in danger they had to get to the fire. Both trucks are now back in service with two very tired crews.

Comments

    • Roberto Izquierdo
      Roberto Izquierdo

      What's the total cost?

      about 3 days ago
    • Cricket Lee
      Cricket Lee

      Whoa...Rutted up that drive. Totally gonna have to clean that mess up. 😳

      about 5 days ago
    • Blackstallionsunday zombie
      Blackstallionsunday zombie

      The problem is obvious.
      A Blue firetruck!

      about 8 days ago
    • Show Cat
      Show Cat

      Beautiful firetruck.

      about 9 days ago
    • Chris Lates
      Chris Lates

      Oops!!

      about 10 days ago
    • David B
      David B

      LOL

      about 11 days ago
    • Antoine Berben
      Antoine Berben

      What a bunch of amateurs!!!

      about 13 days ago
    • TheFalconJetDriver
      TheFalconJetDriver

      If you are going to show the county why show the State the county is in I have no idea where North Montgomery is.

      about 14 days ago
    • what ever
      what ever

      they should of drove through the mud puddle

      about 14 days ago
    • David Alexandrovitch
      David Alexandrovitch

      Some fit looking firefighters. What a shame. Will be such a burden to a ton of people when they gotta take care of his cardiac problems on scene trying to help someone else. Stay fit for yourself, community and brothers! If you can't then it's time to find a desk job, big hoss.

      about 16 days ago
    • Eric T
      Eric T

      Nicely done!

      about 18 days ago
    • Tim Millspaugh
      Tim Millspaugh

      Using an urban style truck in a rural area. When trucks like that even see dirt they immediately get stuck.

      about 18 days ago
    • edward toner
      edward toner

      FAT AND FORTYSOMETHING WHY NOT JOINT THE FIRE SERVICE WHERE YOU CAN STAND AROUND ALL DAY DOING SWEET NOTHING

      about 22 days ago
    • Good Moaning Vietnam
      Good Moaning Vietnam

      I suggest the land owner lays a stone gravel drive at least half a yard thick with cross drainage pipes to a ditch before the next fire. But to be fair the fire truck had driven off the driveway.

      Recovery was good, the wrecker driver was under the control of the fire dep, on a highway recovery he would be in charge so I think Scooby Doo's comments are not called for. That was an expensive piece of kit he was recovering and the fire dep didn't want it out of service, for a stupid mistake. I say well done to em all.

      about 23 days ago
    • edward toner
      edward toner

      That big guy may just sink in soft ground!,,,,,,,

      about 24 days ago
    • MrRealpainter
      MrRealpainter

      Bet the guy that said"Do what i say" is probably the idiot who got er stuck! And why drive it off the dirt driveway,thats been packed down hard for years? To drive around the puddle,onto unpacked grass?

      about 24 days ago
    • 51WCDodge
      51WCDodge

      Put your head under a unstable vehicle?

      about 24 days ago
    • James Edwards
      James Edwards

      Jeez, that guy must weigh all of 300lbs, I would be more concerned for his health if he turned up at an accident than my own, liable to keel over dead any moment.

      about 24 days ago
    • Tom Broder
      Tom Broder

      Notice the guy wearing a Diki-Do shirt....

      about 24 days ago
    • Bob Loblaw
      Bob Loblaw

      I honestly dont think I've ever seen a blue fire truck before.

      about 26 days ago
    • Wa3ypx
      Wa3ypx In reply to Bob Loblaw

      East End Fire Co. Mercer PA

      about 25 days ago
    • Ron Noble
      Ron Noble

      Remind me never to have a fire in that town---talk about obesity--and that fat piece of s--t of a recovery driver with a cigarette hanging out his lips...

      about 27 days ago
    • Craig Mc
      Craig Mc

      At 5:16 the truck has 'in God we Trust' at the top of the windscreen.... After seeing this, yeh, you can trust God like you can trust a german shepherd in a butcher shop..

      about 28 days ago
    • Craig Mc
      Craig Mc

      It looks more like an NYPD Special Operations truck you see, not a fire truck...fire trucks are supposed to be red so people identify with them in traffic!! I have never seen a blue fire engine in my life...kind of makes me wonder if that train of thought has got anything to do with the situation??? Hah hah..

      about 28 days ago
    • djmaster1995
      djmaster1995 In reply to Craig Mc

      Depends on what you mean by identify. If you mean so they are easily spotted, then I agree. If you mean so people know it's FD then I disagree. A variety of jurisdictions use a variety of colors for fire trucks. Normally the siren and lights help "identify" them.

      about 27 days ago
    • Rudy Flores
      Rudy Flores

      Did he just say they had rain no heavy rain. WOW tunnel vision will get you every time mijo. Think before you sink I learned the hard way myself. LOVE 4 all my brothers

      about 28 days ago
    • Chris Taylor
      Chris Taylor

      Ron Pratt would of had it out in no time at all

      about 29 days ago
    • Chris Taylor
      Chris Taylor

      We need Ron (Midwest Truck) here!

      about 29 days ago
    • Wayne Bogatin
      Wayne Bogatin

      Really need a workout program for the firefighters-MANDITORY

      about 29 days ago
    • MichSignMan
      MichSignMan

      Who in America has blue fire trucks? Oh, the Montgomery Fire Dept does...... (Lamers, have to stand out somehow)

      about 1 month ago
    • mijo mcgyver
      mijo mcgyver

      I'm guessing that the guy who made the decision to drive that truck on the grass was probably relieved of driving duties after creating this situation. A heavy vehicle like that should stay on paved surfaces.
      They can always just pull more hose.

      about 1 month ago
    • Doctor Goop
      Doctor Goop

      A robins egg blue fire truck. What’s the world coming to.

      about 1 month ago