They where recently called to a search for a missing woman in East Pittsburgh Pa. in Allegheny County another town with 2 railroads passing thru it the Norfolk and Southerns old PA Railroad Main Line which goes up thru the Turtle Creek Valley to Trafford where there is a major inter-modal truck facility and the Union Railroad which serves the nearby US Steel Edgar Thompson Plant in next door Braddock.
and ironically a railroad train would take the life of a 57 year old father of 2 volunteer firefighter. N&S
Trains come thru this valley at about 40 MPH on three different tracks past whats left of the old Westinghouse Electric complex now an industrial park so any search in this area it is imperative to be aware of and stay away from the tracks at all cost.there can be a train on any of the and running in opposite directions.
Where volunteers given full instructions on how trains run in the valley and where they given full safety instructions and reflective vests and warning flares/beacons etc. to warn approaching trains when it came to crossing tracks if they had to.
Well it appears we already know railroad was not notified of Saturday search according to railroad.
Why did he not double check and even better not moved on the search till a railroad supervisor was on site with radios to communicate directly with the trains. especially in fact you could have trains coming from opposite directions at same time which appears to be a factor in this tragic accident which did not have to happen.
When the investigation is done and all is said in the reports will anything change ? No because people including chiefs are not held accountable for there actions. After all he is a volunteer here to help like everyone else . Bull Shit.
Like I always say the " Fire Service is its own worst enemy" when are we going to start holding people accountable for there actions and banning them from holding further offices in Fire Service and charging them with negligence instead of just writing up reports which get published into study's ?
How many more firefighter's need to die for no good reason?
Let me tell you this had this been a industrial plant and a supervisor told workers its OK to work on tracks train is called off and he had not done his job properly he would be cited and penalized by OSHA with possible loss of job and any certifications he holds and he could face criminal and civil negligence charges why is it different for fighters. ?
Update : it appears missing woman had already drowned before the search started that day