Charleston Fire Department inspecting ladder trucks after Georgia accident

The Charleston Fire Department is inspecting their ladder trucks after an accident in Georgia injured three firefighters.

A Sutphen ladder truck failed during a training session in Gainesville Tuesday, suddenly dropping the bucket about 20 feet with firefighters inside, according to the Gainesville Times. Two firefighters were flown to a trauma center and a third was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

The manufacturer issued a notice that similar trucks should be recalled and inspected.

The Charleston Fire Department has three SP100 Sutphen ladder trucks, Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said. Two are are in operation and one is being refurbished. However, the truck that was involved in the accident had a five-section ladder, while the Charleston ladder trucks have four sections, Julazadeh said. No SP100 truck failures have been reported, but all three trucks will be inspected as a precaution, he said.

"We will be closely monitoring the situation and staying in regular contact with Sutphen representatives and will take immediate action as needed to ensure the safety of our personnel and the community," Deputy Chief of Operations John Tippett said.

The models that were recalled were the SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112 and SAI 110, according to a news release posted on the company's website Wednesday.

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