PITTSBURGH - Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they´ve lost hearing due to the blaring sirens. The firefighters range in age from 38 to 62 and joined the city´s fire bureau between 1975 and 2000. They´re claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing."
Comments: I don´t blame them but on the other hand, they could show a little mercy when they´re in heavy traffic that can´t get out of the way...more than once I´ve been stuck in traffic and had a fire engine come up behind me blasting that horn that has to be over 140 decibels...I´m talking painful. Is it really necessary for them to be THAT loud?
They should also sue for ALL the other inherent dangers associated with being a firefighter. There are so many - fire, heat, smoke, falling objects, back strain, a bruised pinkie. I could go on forever baby.
I say sue the living hell out of all the manufacturers, cities and taxpayers. Just shut down every damn fire department in the country so some sinister morons can enrich themselves over their own stupidity and greed.
I retired from my aviation career years ago. My hearing loss is attributable to jet engine noise. Wow, since I had no choice as to what career I pursued, and absolutely no opportunity to wear ear protection, I guess I´ll just have to sue Pratt and Whitney. Geeez, I love and respect firefighters and all first responders but these poor guys need to get a life.
Common sense says plug your ears. Was there no common sense ? High quality hearing protection is easily available. Award them five dollars each and send them to the store. Make them pay for their own lawyers.
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