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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CAL FIRE News: AEU Firefighter injured in engine backing accident

July 10, 2011 at 1830 hours, a CalFire Firefighter, while acting as a back-up person for an engine company, sustained a serious head injury when he became pinned between 2 CAL FIRE engine companies.

The incident occurred following release from a companies cover assignment at Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit.

An Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) engine strike team stopped at a local restaurant to eat. While attempting to back the AEU engine into a space immediately adjacent to another engine, the right rear tire rode up on the curb. When the fire apparatus operator moved the engine off of the curb, the engine shifted. The Firefighter who was acting as back-up person became pinned between the two engine companies.

The Firefighter received a serious head injury and was transported by ground ambulance to a local trauma center for treatment. We wish the Firefighter a successful recover

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