Volunteer fire department’s engine a ‘total loss’ after crash

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Volunteer fire department's engine a 'total loss' after crash

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — A fire engine from the Lake Mishnock Fire Department is now out of service after it was involved in a crash Thursday morning.

According to the Lake Mishnock Fire/Rescue Facebook page, Engine 1 was responding to a fire just before 6:30 a.m. when it crashed on Regina Drive.

The fire engine was the only vehicle involved in the crash. Assistant Fire Chief Peter Gardner said the engine crashed due to poor road conditions.

“There was nothing they could do,” he said. “They hit the slush and it sucked them right into the rock.”

Gardner said after hitting the rock, the fire engine then ricocheted across the road and into a tree, narrowly missing a telephone pole.

The department said three firefighters were on the truck at the time and only suffered minor injuries. Gardner said all three crew members had their seatbelts on. He said one of those firefighters was transported to Kent Hospital for treatment but has since been released.

“The main thing is the truck,” Gardner said while describing the damage from the crash. “It can be replaced…as long as my guys are alright.”

The fire engine is considered a total loss and is being taken out of service. Gardner said the Jaws of Life were damaged in the crash, as well as several other pieces of equipment on board.

Gardner said since they’re a volunteer fire department and are now down a fire engine, they will need to rely on other departments for help.

“We are going to have to rely on the state mutual aid agreement,” he said. “We have to make sure that if we do get a structure fire in our district we are going to have to ask for an additional engine.”

There is no timeline on when the department will get a new truck since they are still waiting to hear from the insurance company.

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