The person is dropped at 5:02 in the video. You will see fire equipment arriving before that point and a ladder being brought to the rear after the rescue.
Above is a different view of the fire and rescue we showed you yesterday that had been posted to a Russian video site in December. In the first video you saw two men scaling the building to the third floor with one of them going into a window with smoke pouring out and dropping what we thought was a child to the crowd below. This video is shot from a neighboring apartment looking down at the crowd.
Alexander Keylin is a firefighter in the U.S. who is originally from Russia. Alex was able to track down the details for STATter911.com. The fire occurred in Moscow on September 4, 2009. Here's what Alexander wrote:
The person who was rescued was actually an elderly disabled male. The rescue was performed by civilians; you also can see a police officer in the crowd. From what I heard about the incident, the firefighters positioned apparatus on the other side of the building because the approach was blocked by illegally parked cars (a common problem in Russian cities), and it took them some time to get the extension ladder to the fire side.
Until Alex's email we thought it was a child being dropped and weren't sure who made the rescue. Because of his great work, I am appointing Alex as the Eastern European Bureau Chief for STATter911.com Worldwide.
In addition, I mentioned in my original post that until I watched the initial video on full screen I thought the rescuers might have been using a pompier ladder (which they were not). This prompted the following from Alex:
Russian firefighters do carry pompier ladders on every engine. There were some incredible rescues performed this way; for instance, in 1977 there was a fire in hotel "Moscow" with multiple civilian and firefighter fatalities; 43 people were rescued from as high as 22nd floor using a chain of pompier ladders.
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Also on STATter911 …
- Helmet-cam video: Infant lowered to safety at Lawrenceburg, TN apartment fire. – September 25, 2013
- Must see close call video: Mound of snow almost knocks firefighter off of aerial ladder during rescue. – January 17, 2013
- Lots of video: 40-story building engulfed in Chechnya. – April 3, 2013
- Raw chopper video: Multi-alarm apartment fire with rescues in Montgomery County, Maryland. – July 13, 2012
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