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Extrication Response after Head On Collision with Valley Engine 1
April 7, 2017 — Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded with a full extrication response (five apparatus and three command officers) after a car struck Valley Engine 1 just after 3:49 AM this morning. The incident took place on North University Road between Mission and Maxwell Road.
Valley Engine 1 was returning to University Station 1 from a previous incident and was traveling south bound on University when it was struck on the front driver side of the engine by a car traveling north bound. Engine 1 was occupied by four firefighters at the time of the accident. The firefighters verbally confirmed everyone inside of Engine 1 was not injured and quickly exited the engine to evaluate the other vehicle and its occupants.
Upon confirmation of the number of patients in that vehicle and that the adult aged male was trapped inside with serious injuries, the officer on Engine 1 immediately called on the radio for a extrication response to the location of the accident. Engine 1 personnel then proceeded to initiate patient care on the trapped patient, pull a protection hose line for the vehicle in case of fire, and stabilize the vehicle in preparation for the extrication unit’s arrival.
Extrication units quickly arrived on scene and proceeded to cut the vehicle from around the patient and safely remove him. The patient was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department. Expect University between Mission and Maxwell to be closed for an unknown amount of time this morning as investigators are on scene processing the accident scene.
Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind drivers to slow down during adverse weather conditions.
- Julie Happy