FDNY firefighters to start training on how to safely pass gaps in bridges

  • Source: New York Post
  • Published: 01/09/2019 08:02 PM

The FDNY will start training firefighters on how to safely pass gaps in elevated bridges after one of New York’s bravest plunged to his death from a span in Brooklyn on Sunday, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “We will try to ensure this never happens again in our city,” Nigro said outside the wake for Steven Pollard, 30, on Wednesday night. Pollard fell through a 3-foot gap dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes on a Belt Parkway overpass while responding to a car crash on Sunday night, authorities said. He plummeted 52 feet to the ground and died a short time later at Kings County Hospital. Nigro made his vow as mourners — including hundreds of FDNY firefighters and New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan — attended Pollard’s wake at the Marine Park Funeral Home. “Unfortunately this is unusual — these kinds of gaps,” he said. “This is a new structure that led to this firefighters death. This will certainly be part our training now.”


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