A Trenton firefighter was seriously injured Monday when he fell from Engine 9 while responding to a fire call, officials said.
The firefighter, who was not named, apparently flew out of the engine at about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Parkside Avenue while the apparatus went around a curve.
Trenton Fire Director Qareeb Bashir and Trenton fire officers union President Steve Coltre confirmed the incident and injury, but complete details were still developing Monday night, they said.
The firefighter was taken to the trauma center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where he was being treated late Monday. Bashir and Coltre said it appears he will recover fully.
“Thank God he’s OK,” Bashir said.
Coltre said early reports are that Engine 9 was responding to a fire call in the West Ward while already on the road when the incident occurred.
He said Engine 9 operates a “closed cab” piece of apparatus, with doors that obviously should securely lock and it appears like a freak accident, Coltre said.
It was unknown if the firefighter was wearing a seatbelt at the time, officials said, saying the incident was under investigation.
Coltre did say the city still uses to two old-style open cab fire trucks, which he has “serious issues” with and will be addressing through official channels.
Engine Co. 9 is located in the West Ward Firehouse in the 1400 block of West State Street at Lee Avenue.