Oct. 08–It was a first time for Waterford firefighters today when they were called this morning to make an aerial rescue — high overhead in Pontiac — of a DTE Energy lineman stuck in his overhead bucket.
Firefighters were called to Hudson Street in Pontiac and used a ladder truck to rescue a lineman trapped amid tree branches, which fell on the worker’s lift platform while he was skyward making repairs on downed wires, said John Lyman, chief of the Waterford Regional Fire Department, which serves Pontiac as well as Waterford Township and the city of Lake Angelus.
The rescue occurred after a DTE Energy crew was called to the area when a car struck a utility pole and caused a power outage, Lyman said. A photo Lyman provided showed a car in the background, splayed across grass after its impact with the utility pole.
“There were wires down all around this situation” but they weren’t live — the power had been shut off — enabling a safe rescue, and no one was hurt, Lyman said. A DTE Energy spokesman said the company appreciated the fire department’s rescue “and the fact that the lineman was uninjured”
Besides serving Waterford Township, the Waterford Regional Fire Department answers calls in Pontiac as well as the city of Lake Angelus. It’s “the largest staffed fire department in Oakland County,” with eight fire stations and three 100-foot aerial ladder trucks, Lyman said.
By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press
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