Kentucky fire department fined $25K for botched ice bucked challenge

Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department Courtesy: Campbellsville/Taylor Co. Facebook Page

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State regulators have fined the City of Campbellsville Fire Department $25,000 for improper training and equipment in an incident that killed one firefighter and injured three more while trying to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

The Kentucky Office of Occupational Safety and Health issued the citation last week. The fire department has until Feb. 2 to contest it.

State officials say the department did not make sure firefighters wore protective helmets designed to reduce electric shocks and allowed untrained people too close to a power line.

Forty-one-year-old Tony Grider died after the ladder he was on got too close to a power line while firefighters were attempting to spray water on the Campbellsville University marching band.

Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith declined to comment.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s