Mike Wilbur

FOUR AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTERS INJURED WHEN TREE FALLS ON TANKER

The incident happened on Orroral Road, near Orroral campground, at the south east of the fireground about 10.45pm during patrols of the Angus fire trail.

“There were four NSW RFS firefighters in the tanker. All were assessed on site by an ACT Ambulance Service 4WD unit that was staged in the Orroral Valley,” the ACT Emergency Services Agency said.

“Three of the occupants have sustained non life-threatening injuries. The fourth occupant is uninjured.

“All four people were taken by ambulance to Canberra Hospital for assessment and their families have been contacted.”

It’s not known what injuries the three injured crew members sustained in the incident, while the fourth was treated by paramedics for shock.

Three of the four RFS crew members were from the Jerrabomberra Creek brigade.

ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner Georgeina Whelan said the crew had got out the fire truck just before the tree fell on it.

“It would appear the impact of the fallen tree was lessened on the individuals because they had alighted from the vehicle,” Ms Whelan told ABC radio on Thursday morning.

“We were very fortunate given the circumstances with the tree that they were outside the vehicle and investigations are ongoing.”

A four-wheel-drive ambulance was less than 50 metres away from the injured crew and was at the scene less than two minutes after the incident.

“All crews were withdrawn from the fireground and have been debriefed. Peer support was dispatched to provide support to all personnel involved,” the agency said.

“The safety and wellbeing of any crews on the fire ground is of the highest priority for the ESA.”

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