Firefighter wrecks en route to fire call

By Vickie Moss
Anderson County Review – March 18, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – March 24, 2014

An emergency responder headed to fight a grass fire near Colony Monday morning apparently hit a tree with her fire truck, and was injured and trapped in the vehicle.

Fire crews were called to fight a grass fire near 500 and Delaware roads, northwest of Colony, shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday. The call was the latest in a series of grass fires that have kept firefighters busy during dry, windy conditions that have plagued the area throughout the month of March when area farmers hope to burn pasture to prepare for the coming cattle grazing season.

Minutes after firefighters were called to the fire, a woman was heard over the scanner asking for help. She said she had hit a tree, and dispatchers called emergency crews to the scene, adding that the call involved a fire vehicle and someone was trapped in it. Later, crews responding to the call asked for a helicopter ambulance, an indication that the victim’s condition could be serious. It was not immediately known what type of fire vehicle the woman was driving.

Eagle Med from the Wichita area responded to the scene.

Other details about the incident were not available because it occurred just before The Review’s press deadline Monday afternoon.

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