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Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

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Here is a local example of what firefighters deal with on scene as three were injured by another car passing by the incident and failed to stop because of excessive rain. ABC 7  News has a 2-minute story with video on scene as three of the four victims needed emergency surgery.  A bit of advice when you are approaching fire engine and ambulance on a scene, slow down way in advance!

PRESS RELEASE
Moraga-Orinda Fire District
Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

Moraga-Orinda Fire District
33 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563
Contact: Randy Bradley, Fire Chief, 925-260-4546

Release Date: December 2, 2012

Orinda, CA – On Sunday, December 2, 2012, at approximately 9:25 a.m. the Moraga-Orinda Fire District responded to a non-injury vehicle accident on Highway 24 east of Wilder Road exit in Orinda. While investigating the accident the MOFD fire engine was struck by a car that failed to stop due to extensive rain. This was also a non-injury accident with minor damage to both vehicles. While the firefighters were standing off the shoulder of the highway interviewing the driver, another vehicle lost control, struck the side of the fire engine and rolled into the three firefighters and the driver of the first vehicle. All three of the firefighters were transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek where they are in serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Two of the firefighters will require surgery. The driver that was being interviewed was also injured in the accident and was transported to John-Muir Hospital with critical injuries. All three firefighters were admitted into the hospital.

Michael Rattary, a veteran seven-year Captain, Kelly Morris, a veteran nine-year Firefighter Paramedic and Stephen Rogness, a veteran four-year Firefighter were injured in the incident

Sources:
Moraga-Orinda Fire Department

ABC Story
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8905947#&cmp=fb-kgo-article-8905947

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4 Responses »

  1. What do people not understand about a big red engine on scene? It means slow down!

  2. The driver who hit them should be cited for driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions. In Lawsuits to follow from all 4 victims, especially the one that is critical. Slow down people!

  3. Lets face it, common sense is gone. People do not drive beyond the front of hood of their car. Slow down-never. I was listening to the scanner yesterday morning and the Antioch
    creek was flooding as usual. 10th St around L St up to O St and 4th were flooded. The number of people that drove around the barricades and stalled out was amazing. Then they were calling 911 for assistance. The response should have been “just sit still. The water will go down in a couple of hours!” But no, can’t do that. I know PD officers that bounced lit flares off of cars while directing traffic. People would just keep going, right through the accident scene. Best wishes to all 3 FF and hope you get well soon.

  4. Nexus to a debate that is going to play out in Martinez this afternoon: the proposed station closures for ConFire.

    There are those still suggesting that the answer to the budget deficit is to have the fire department respond only to fires and leave medical responses to AMR or another private vendor. The same poorly analyzed idea was proposed for East County.

    Now visualize that accident with a single AMR unit on scene.

    Who rescues the AMR people who are now on the ground? Remember, there are only 2 of them who respond to a call.

    By the way, one of the stations on the chopping block today is Clayton. Which is the closest backup station for the Morgan Territories. So the action taken has an impact on East County.

    People are going to start seeing the consequences of the vote play out before their eyes.

    If you have the CCTV channel you might want to watch the proceedings. It’s almost certainly going to be entertaining.

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