User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

63° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Structure Stabilization Part Of SF Fire Rescue Training

May 6, 2014, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Structure Stabilization Part Of SF Fire Rescue Training

A school bus crashes into a home, knocking it off its foundation and creating an unstable situation.

"The bus has also taken out a load-bearing wall. In other words, the wall that holds up the weight of the roof. So, what we're doing is building a shoring system to capture the load from the roof," Fire Apparatus Operator Guy Burdick said.

It's a process Sioux Falls Fire Rescue knows well. Each crew member has been through a one-week course dealing with this exact scenario: making sure a building can stand on its own after a vehicle drives into it.

"We specialize in a lot of different things, whether it be hazardous materials or urban search and rescue, and this is part of the use of our program," Capt. Michael Koopman said.

Burdick says Sioux Falls sees more than its share of vehicles crashing into buildings, which emphasizes the need for the training and for everyone to keep up their engineering skills.

"You might see them looking at reminders on how to build stuff, how much the weights, with weight ratios, how much this type of shore can hold," Koopman said.

That knowledge is essential because situations can vary from scene to scene.

"You gather the equipment and being on scene and basically yeah, you've got to build that stuff on scene. You can't pre-do a lot of things," Koopman said.

In Tuesday's case, nobody was hurt or trapped inside the home, so all the crew members needed to worry about was keeping the home from collapsing.

"All we're dealing with here is a wrecked bus and some sheetrock. For us, it's basically just a matter of going ahead, stabilizing the situation, make it safe to work so the home owners can get back in there," Burdick said.

That work allowed crews to safely remove the bus from the home without anything else falling apart. It will also allow for the home owners to quickly begin their repairs.

Previous Story

Next Story



Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Two People Go To Hospital Following Fight

7/28/2014 11:30 AM

Sioux Falls Police say a large fight behind the Best Buy store on 41st Street landed two people in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Full Story
Fmr. Walworth State's Attny. Charged With Rape

7/30/2014 1:27 PM

The former Walworth County State's Attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

Full Story
Clerk Hurt During Attempted Robbery

7/27/2014 8:07 AM

Sioux Falls police are investigating an early morning attempted armed robbery that injured a clerk at a west-side convenience store.

Full Story
Jansen Held Without Bond On Rape Charges

7/31/2014 5:27 PM

The former Walworth County State's Attorney is being held without bond in Pierre on three counts of child rape.

Full Story | Watch
Severe Thunderstorm Hits Corsica

7/26/2014 5:55 PM

Severe storms dropped heavy rain and large hail today in many parts of KELOLAND.

Full Story | Watch