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Updated Oct 22, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Phoenix fire truck didn’t use spotter in fatal accident

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department must pay $95,000 in fines in the
accidental death of a firefighter struck by a fire engine five months ago.

In a report released Tuesday, the Industrial Commission of Arizona cited the
fire department for not requiring the use of a spotter when backing up
firefighting vehicles.

The department released its own report Tuesday on the May 18 accident that
killed 23-year-old Brad Harper.

Officials agreed with a previous Phoenix police report, saying no criminal or
civil charges would be filed.

Phoenix fire officials also recommended new safety training in awareness at
emergency scenes and devices on fire equipment such as backup cameras or
automatic brakes.

Harper was trapped between the engine and his rescue ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital the next morning.


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