YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – When volunteer firefighters hear a distress call come from dispatch, they drop everything and jump into action.
“You want to get to the fire house and you want to get the trucks out at a decent rate of time,” East Prospect Fire Chief Josh Groft said.
Groft says when time is crucial in emergency situations, those responding need to remember to err on the side of caution.
“We try to stress to all of our responders there is no hurry, get here as safe as possible,” he said.
A firefighter in her early 20’s was responding to a house fire on Mount Pisgah Road in Hallam Township when police say she lost control of her truck and slammed into a tanker-truck from Craley Fire Department as it responded to the same fire.
“You could hear her, like, the moaning and groaning and kind of like screaming,” Groft said.
“I know that she was conscious. I would not call her coherent. She was in pain,” Lower Windsor Police Chief Tim Caldwell said.
Caldwell was one of the first officers on the scene at Nursery Road.
“Everybody wants to get there quickly ’cause they want to help, that’s the essence of the heart of a volunteer, but the reality is you’re not going to be able to help anybody if you become a casualty in the process,” Caldwell said.
The house fire in Mount Pisgah Road was taken care of, no injuries and limited damage, but the crash is a different story.
“It kind of has everybody worried right now,” Groft said.
“She’s fortunate not to be more severely injured then she was,” Caldwell said.
The firefighter’s status is unknown at this time.
Blue light responders such as firefighters do not have any special privileges on the road the same way police or EMT personnel do, they must adhere to the rules of the road just like every other driver.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.