Parker’s Engine 51 was involved in an accident tonight while responding to another motor vehicle accident. I’m happy to report that of 4 firefighters inside, only 1 suffered very minor injuries. He was taken to St Vincent Randolph hospital for evaluation out of an abundance of precaution and has been released.
The roads tonight were extremely icy and treacherous from freezing rain, where even driving 10 mph was sketchy. Numerous accidents were reported in the region due to weather.
This is a reminder of the risks these volunteers take to help others, and how important it is to wear seat belts and harnesses in emergency vehicles. Fortunately all of our guys were buckled in properly. The patient of the original accident was transported to Ball Memorial hospital with minor injuries.
As a fire chief, seeing one of your apparatus in an accident with your brothers inside is a nightmare. I thank God that he was watching over these guys tonight. Numerous other firefighters have been involved in apparatus rollovers and not been so fortunate.
Thanks to our brothers at Farmland Fire Dept for your assistance getting all our equipment unloaded and distributed to the other trucks. You guys are awesome. Everyone be safe out there.