Nashville Fire Recruit Fall During Training-Rescue Rope Denied by Instructors

WSMV News 4


“The internal review of the accident also reveals that the recruit, Jennifer Lockhart, claims she asked for a safety line before she fell and was denied by the fire captain overseeing the training.

Lockhart has since retained attorney Rocky McElhany, who said in a statement to the News 4 I-Team, “Jennifer’s main focus is getting better and making sure these reckless training drills stop immediately before someone else is hurt or killed.”

The internal review reads on July 17, Lockhart fell during the Nance drill, which teaches how to use to ropes to lower a firefighter down a hole to rescue a fallen comrade.”

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“I was like, hey chief, can we use this rope? To do safety? And he said, ‘F*** no,’’’ Lockhart said in her interview.

When it was time for Lockhart to be lowered, she told the investigators she made the same request.

“I want a safety line. And he goes, and he just kind of laughed, and he was like, ‘No,’” Lockhart said.

The video showed Lockhart lowered through a hole from the upper floor, and then when she passes through to the first floor, she falls several feet.

It is unclear in the video why Lockhart fell, but when she did, she landed squarely on her oxygen tank.

“I didn’t have any feeling from about my waist down. I just remember waking up and thinking I was paralyzed,” she told an investigator in the HR department. “I remember screaming and then I guess I went unresponsive.”


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