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Firefighter involved in head on collision while responding

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When responding to an EMS call one of my firefighters was involved in a head on collision. My guy was coming around a curve and a car was pulling out of a side road. They both tried to get out of each others way and they collided. My firefighter was uninjured, just a little rattled. I am unsure of the extent of injuries to the other driver. EMS on scene told me that the driver had minor injuries. Both were transported to the hospital and my firefighter is out of work for two days and is limited to what activities he can do.

Lessons Learned

When responding to a call we must remember what a “TRUE EMERGENCY” is. My firefighter is out of work for two days and has limited activity because he was injured while responding to a call that is not considered a “TRUE EMERGENCY”. Another factor is that my firefighter tried to avoid the collision by going into the other lane which was wrong! We must remember that this time of year, late Spring early Summer, that there is a lot of new trees, weeds, and grass growing that might not have been there the last time you came through, and could impair your vision. We must use caution ALWAYS when responding to and from calls with our personal vehicle AND apparatus! BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

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