Several fire vehicles and a medic unit were responding to an accident report shortly before 6 p.m. when two of the vehicles collided with a taxi and two other private automobiles at Tabor Road and Wagner Avenue, Ayers said.
Four firefighters and one paramedic were transported to nearby Albert Einstein Medical Center, Ayers said. Two others were taken to Temple University Hospital. All were execpected to be treated and released overnight. Three civilians whose injuries were not reported as serious went to Einstein and Temple. LINK
It was a tough night for some of our guys. They were involved in an accident while on the way to, of all places AN ACCIDENT. Luckily everyone will recover and there were no serious injuries. Driving emergency vehicles, especially large fire trucks full of water is extremely demanding especially in an urban setting. Traffic is unrelenting and unyielding. Some people do the dumbest things when they see emergency vehicles coming. Last week we had some clown get in between the engine and ladder on the way to an accident of our own. The entire run this guy tailgated the engine and weaved in and out, with my ladder right behind him. (we had to slow down and put a lot of space in between us) He was clearly intoxicated and sped off when we stopped at the accident scene (a very serious one). This particular accident to Squad 72 and Medic 18 could have been a lot worse.
This accident came during a very busy stretch last night. There have been a lot of serious fires lately. We are seeing more frequently that fires are getting bigger and companies are crisscrossing the city on runs and cover-ups because of our inadequate staffing. Accidents are bound to go up as guys try their best to compensate. While we respond to nearly 300K emergencies a year we have fewer that 300 accidents (and we report nearly EVERY ONE. ) Of those 300 very few are serious like this so overall our people do an excellent job of navigating the narrow congested streets of Philly. Our biggest worry now is the overly harsh discipline that will most probably be handed down to the guys involved. Our current administration takes a draconian approach to discipline when it comes to accidents. I hope that everything works out for them.
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