Fire engine in collision

Update at 1.25pm: Three of the four firefighters have now been released from hospital, to recuperate at home. The fourth is expected to stay in hospital, at least overnight.

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Shortly before 7.30am this morning (17 October), a West Midlands Fire Service fire engine was in collision with a tree in Hall Green, Birmingham.

It happened near the junction of Robin Hood Lane and Highfield Road. No other vehicles or members of the public were involved.

The engine was responding to an emergency call, with people reported to be involved, using blue lights and sirens. Other crews already on their way to the original call established soon afterwards that it was a false alarm.

All four firefighters on the engine, from Highgate fire station, suffered minor injuries. They were all taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for treatment and checks.

Following assessment at the hospital, none is believed to have life-threatening injuries. At this stage it appears that one has a leg injury, one has a wrist injury and the other two are thought to have more minor injuries.

Immediately after the collision, crews from two other fire engines helped to remove one of their injured colleagues from the vehicle.

We have now made contact with family members of all of the injured firefighters, who will receive every support we can provide.

Support is also being provided to all of our personnel involved in the incident.

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Press Release Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 09:45