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(CTV News)   The current weather in Kingston, Canada calls for intermittent explosions, the center of the city on fire and a crane operator dangling from his blazing crane as he waits for a helicopter to save him   (ctvnews.ca ) divider line
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9397 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Dec 2013 at 4:20 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-17 05:28:40 PM  
2 votes:
Bravo to the SAR Techs from the 424. Those guys are awesome.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/424_Transport_and_Rescue_Squadron
2013-12-17 05:04:56 PM  
2 votes:

New Age Redneck: If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .


Right into the heart of the fire. Go ahead, show us how it's done.
2013-12-17 03:42:18 PM  
2 votes:
img.fark.netMore dramatic photo:
2013-12-17 08:33:45 PM  
1 vote:
I was not in the helicopter -- I was on top of the bridge setting the motors (base bolts,grid coupling etc ..)
Here are some pics.


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I mostly lurk so I am sure the pictures will not show up.
2013-12-17 05:28:46 PM  
1 vote:

kver: Also worth mentioning is that a protest letter was sent to the temporary planning council describing this exact event. "Hey, you're using the most flammable wood, almost no fire retardent material, building beside a gas station... All in the middle of the downtown core."

... But yeah, I can totally see smoke from my building. Guess I'm taking the scenic route home... :S


I'd be pretty damned pissed, especially if I was with the group that sent that letter, and especially if people end up dying.
2013-12-17 05:27:51 PM  
1 vote:
There have to be some serious thermals for the chopper pilots to work with...
2013-12-17 05:06:07 PM  
1 vote:

SMB2811: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Maybe you should tell the City of Kingston, Canada that

http://kingstoncanada.com/en/


KEDCO has never done anything useful.
2013-12-17 05:05:01 PM  
1 vote:

Langston: Jument: Dragonflew: Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".

Welcome to how Americans view the world. We're lucky they say "Kingston, Canada" and not just "someplace near the artic circle".

Shut up, we Americans already know that everything in Canada is already inside the Arctic circle. That's why you all live in igloos.


If you live in Canada you already know perfectly well there's nothing outside of Ontario, so provinces don't really matter anyway.
2013-12-17 04:56:10 PM  
1 vote:
If only there was a way to get down from heights without the use of a helicopter.....

   The self-evac kit I carried as a ski patroller: 200 ft of 6mil static line, belay device, locking carabiner, and enough sling to make a sit harness, you could also add a prussik. You are down safely and quickly with a simple rappel .

   You would think anyone working at height would be required to know how to initiate a self-rescue. Suppose the helicopter or help is a couple hours away.

   How hard would it be to have a similar evac-kit in the cab of the crane?
2013-12-17 04:52:13 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-12-17 04:45:39 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, by the way... we have provinces in Canada, it is not just one big undivided land mass. "Kingston, Canada" makes as much sense as "Springfield, USA".
2013-12-17 04:41:57 PM  
1 vote:
I can smell the fire from here. Going to have to take a detour to get home today. Crane operator had been rescued before this article was posted, happy to hear he is safe.
2013-12-17 04:41:08 PM  
1 vote:
You see that? Good, hard working fire from Kingston, Ontario.

www.keikari.com
2013-12-17 04:37:16 PM  
1 vote:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: FTFC: But seriously, who builds a large apartment complex like that out of wood? It was a disaster just waiting to happen.


I guess they were out of straw.


Real estate is a slimy, vile business that makes the Mafia look like a daycare center. Probably the plans filed to the city describe an armored concrete bunker with the highest quality finish, the city then calculates a value from thin air to charge property tax, the city puts a little sticker on the plans.

Now the builder gets a permit and makes ridiculously vague floor plans and descriptions because no one from the city checks anything beyond paperwork, and prospective buyers can't check the plans filed at the city anyways.

What the builder actually builds is the lowest possible interpretation of the building codes (which were probably bought that way by the construction mafia), minus the "home buyer leeway". The home-buyer leeway is as follows: home buyers are so monetarily tapped out after the notary public or lawyer, city welcome taxes and expenses that they can't afford a lawyer to sue the builder.

New home construction warranty programs are often just a different arm of the same builder mafia in any case.

Then the insurance company comes along and says "hey wait a minute, wood burns so your premiums will be sky high".

Or in the case of "student housing" probably managed by a private company but paid for by taxpayers, multiply the evil by 15.

But what do I know.
2013-12-17 04:33:52 PM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: Help us, Michael Bay. You're our only hope!


Obviously with a single helicopter being called in for the rescue, this is not a Michael Bay production. If it were, you'd see a group of helicopters, with one being piloted by a Grizzled Veteran With A Haunted Past and another piloted by a Smartassed Kid With Talent But No Humility and they'd be jawing at each other even as some of the other helicopters were swatted from the sky and became Massive Fireballs With Screaming, and then the two remaining pilots, would find a way to use both the kid's talent and the veteran's experience to pull off some Pretty F*cking Amazing Sh*t With Fire And Maybe Nukes Or Some Crazy-Ass Explodey Sh*t and then they'd appreciate each other's talents with Awkward But Good-Natured Banter On The Way Back To The Airstrip.
2013-12-17 04:33:26 PM  
1 vote:
From the comments:

Why in the world does the City building code allow for a 5 storey structure to be built out of wood and not concrete. Thank God it is now rather than with full occupancy!

They are building dozens of these fire traps in our town. The developer has a serious case of the "Chirpy-Chirpy-Cheap-Cheaps"

Oh and he probably greased the palms of some city seat-warmer to get the rules waived. Developers are truly evil shiats.
2013-12-17 04:29:08 PM  
1 vote:
All he has to do is piss down from the crane - its freezes and he slides down the piss icicle.

/ your welcome
2013-12-17 04:28:54 PM  
1 vote:
The fire makes it scary, yes.  But, when I see a crane operator on top of a skyscraper doing his thing, well, I could never work under those circumstances.
2013-12-17 04:25:15 PM  
1 vote:
Could have been worse.

thornton.s3.amazonaws.com
2013-12-17 03:46:05 PM  
1 vote:
He must have walked to the edge there, that takes balls, even if your life is on the line, i'm sure many people would just freeze up in panic and fear. Good for him, and good helicoptering work. So what film is this from?
 
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