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Firefighter who lost legs in tanker accident sues

The firefighter alleges that the firefighters involved were not properly trained

By FireRescue1 Staff

MANSFIELD, Ohio — An Ohio firefighter has filed a civil lawsuit against a fire department for injuries he suffered while responding to a fire earlier this year.

Firefighter Josef Tadijanac filed the suit against Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department's Chief Craig Roberts and two other firefighters from that department, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

In late June, Firefighter Tadijanac responded to a fire and was told to help pump water from one tanker to another. While he positioned himself at the rear of a Troy Township Fire Department tanker, the vehicle owned by the Jefferson Township Department, which was behind him, moved forward and pinned him in between the tankers.

The two firefighters from the Jefferson Township Department involved in the suit were operating the tanker.

Firefighter Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amuputations, organ system failures, vision loss, and cognitive dysfunction, according to the suit, and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages.

The suit alleges that the firefighters operating the tanker were not properly trained and directly caused Firefighter Tadijanac's injuries.

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Dustin Smith Dustin Smith Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:22:51 AM I dunno bout all this now.
Preston Green Preston Green Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:25:57 AM I don't get it.....where they in the truck while it was rolling...forget to set the parking break....truck malfunction cause the truck to roll....
Paul Burns Paul Burns Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:28:03 AM $25,000....that's all for losing your legs and the other injuries?
Preston Green Preston Green Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:29:04 AM sounds like the ride to the hospital....
Pete Gravell Pete Gravell Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:30:44 AM Allot of Questions left Unanswered. Kinda low for the injury inflicted, especially if there was a lack of training by the operators. We should let this play out on it's own to get the facts first before we can judge.
Will Dering Will Dering Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:49:05 AM That amount must be a typo. People sue for millions for losing a finger. This guy lost BOTH his legs and he wants 25k?
Dusty Kelley Dusty Kelley Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:52:36 AM It says "At Least $25,000" meaning it could be in the milions. Not enough info to say much more.
William Hill William Hill Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:01:22 PM Your responsible for your own personal safety. Trained to operate or drive? Clearly if they responded each unit to the scene they were able to operate said units. Looks like a long investigation will follow.
Mark Knapp Mark Knapp Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:31:34 PM this must be a task rarely used I never heard of pumping to one tanker to another usually its from a pump to tanker why was he standing between the rigs to begin with?
Matt Wray Matt Wray Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00:17 PM that man should get paid for the rest of his life no matter what from that fire company.
Steve Peal Steve Peal Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00:31 PM A Lot of need to know info is left out here.Lets hear the whole story be for we decide who's is right and wrong.
Richard Koleber Richard Koleber Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:02:37 PM 1. sorry to hear about the serious injuries. 2. on a fire ground, you keep your head on a swivel to keep things like this from happening. 3. Training, training, training. 4. no amount of money will bring back better health. 5. I SMELL A LAWYER WHO SEE'S A LOT OF MONEY COMING HIS WAY. :(
Andre Gingras Andre Gingras Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:10:16 PM Duty of the Employer to make sure Employees are trained and operate safely. Sounds like this wasn't the case.
Mike Ormond Mike Ormond Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:14:40 PM Wheel Chocks...NFPA 1901! that's all I'm going to say....
Mike Ormond Mike Ormond Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:15:30 PM wheel chocks....NFPA 1901!! that's all i have to say....
Richard Koleber Richard Koleber Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:17:56 PM if there was a safety violation found during the after accident investigation, and the injured firefighter was at fault, that could affect the insurance paying for his injury and rehabilitation. Thus, the lawsuit.
Alma Williams Alma Williams Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:33:02 PM First, I think people sue other people too much. That said, the injured firefighter should have checked that the other rig was aware of him, and the other drivers should have checked that there was no impedence to their moving forward. It is a lose-lose situation! I am a nurse and have seen medical errors that the patient AND the doctor/other health care professional could have prevented. Does that make one party more responsible/liable than the other?
Mike Ormond Mike Ormond Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:33:20 PM well as i stated, wheel chocks...if I was one of the attorneys id ask about them, and it's obvious they were not used. the department who's D/O was operating that tanker will be at fault and by all means should be fined for not following NFPA standards. Driver/Operator-Pumper 101 YOU CHOCK YOUR WHEELS AFTER SETTING THE PARKING BREAK AND BEFORE PUTTING THE TRUCK INTO PUMP GEAR!!!!!
Joe Chretien Joe Chretien Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5:20:12 PM Not sure if I like it: In most (hopefully) injured workers, especially peace officers (cops and cop types) have benefits. As a firefighter, he may have benefits that most injured worker don't have. I notice that several of the responses refer to ""Wheel Chocks". Negligence or gross negligence is one thing (not sure what the legal terms mean). But what if one of the crew members saw people in extreme danger, and went t o hep them yelling for help his or herself, well that's another question. But if someone in the department meant to hurt or embarrass him....
Joe Chretien Joe Chretien Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5:21:49 PM And did he sign off on the 25 grand: if so why.....
Phillip Griffin Phillip Griffin Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:50:09 AM Thart could not be further from the truth. WE are ALL responsible for each others safety , including yourself. We operate as a team. And just because somone manages to steer a tanker to a scene and pull a lever, DOES NOT make them qualified to operate. Did the drive have Emeergency Vehicle Operations Course? Had he/she ever trained on a cone course and practiced diminishing clearance drill. How long had they operated the tanker. How old was the driver, if under 21, that is a insurance issue as required by VFIS. Then you are correct, did the FF have one high Visibility clothing? If you only look out for your safety, then I feel teribly sorry for your FD.
Xtreme FD LLC Xtreme FD LLC Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:48:25 AM A great deal of information is missing here so I will withhold any judgement. However, I think this situation could happen most anywhere. The bottom line - The quality of your training and/or records rarely comes into question until its too late.
Charlie Haynes Charlie Haynes Monday, December 03, 2012 6:35:40 PM Firefighter Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amuputations, organ system failures, vision loss, and cognitive dysfunction, according to the suit, and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages. DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT OF MONEY FOR ANY ONE OF THE PROBLEMS LET ALONE 2 LEGS GONE , VISION LOST, ETC. NEED MORE STORY.

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