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The City of Hackensack Fire Department responded to a truck driver trapped in his truck after the tailgate malfunctioned when dumping a load of stone. The truck was stabilized with struts prior to removing the driver. An aerial ladder was used to remove the driver from the truck without incident. First question, do you have long enough struts for this scenarios?

Second question, what would be your concerns if you were on scene of this rescue? Two items that pop into my mind is the weight of the truck and is the load of stone stable? Sense the driver was dumping a load of stone, could the load shift?

Nice work by the City of Hackensack Fire Department!  Make sure you stop by their Facebook and give it a like!


It never hurts to review the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of the truck in this scenario. Based off the pictures, it would be a Class 8.

Mike Smith, Absolute Rescue's Editor in Chief, is a veteran of the fire/rescue service in Michigan, who also works in the automotive industry as a designer. Have an idea of suggestion for the site? Contact Mike here

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