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Raw Video: Firefighters rescue man from car fire with live power lines.


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Firefighters from the Westborough Fire Department, Westborough, Massachusetts, pull a victim from a car that was on fire and entangled in live power lines.  Around the 1:00 minute mark, the victim is seen being pulled to safety. The incident occurred Friday at West Main Street and West Street.


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  • Matt Pillsbury

    Great save by the Westborough Jakes!

  • Former Chief

    Gutsy move. Nice save Brothers. I almost hate to mention this, but, please tell me that Engine is not as close as it appears in the video.

  • Anonymous

    As a boss this has always been one of my nightmare scenarios. Great job! How did they get him out without touching the car?

  • KWR

    Hot Stick?

  • David S.

    I can remember we had a call with 2 major power lines down near a large commerical building,we had the area well closed off and we had a hell of a time keeping idot drivers from driving over them.

  • RedSparky

    From the 1969 NFPA Handbook Page 15-8

    Safe distance from hose nozzle to electrical equipment – 1934 Paris France fire brigade tests : 60,000 volts to ground : 1/4 inch nozzle – 20 feet : 3/4 inch nozzle – 40 feet : 5/4 inch nozzle – 72 feet

    Toledo Edison tests ; January 1967 : 138,000 volts phase to phase – 1.5 inch solid stream – minimum distance is 20 feet : 2.5 inch solid stream – 30 feet

    The bottom line here is – tests have been done in the past to determine that some distances are safe for firefighters. There are many variables. Maybe recent tests have shown different results.

  • doobis

    Good job.
    Always be very careful though. Those lower voltage primary lines that feed the pole mounted transformers run from around 7,200 – 7,620 volts. For context, the electric chair ran around 2,000 volts and at much more limited current flow.