My good friend who I used to work with posted this on his Facebook page just now. His son also works for Orlando Fire Department. Names were edited due to a current investigation. This was so important as a reminder that I needed to re-post his article. Be alert and never ever let your guard down!
VERY SCARY. PLEASE PLEASE READ - Four Orlando Fireman escape with just minor injuries.
I got a phone call from my son last night at 2AM. Dad, I am ok but they are sending everyone home from Engine 6 "we all were almost killed!. On his way to his house he stopped by to talk. I can't go into a ton of details but Engine 6 and Rescue 6 were on the East West Expressway (the 408) and a car drove straight into the tailboard section of the Engine 6. The firefighters at the time were placing BLS gear in the rear compartment and jumped out of the way unfortunately towards oncoming traffic. His only option at the time. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed (60 to 70 mph) and never braked. All 4 firefighters from Engine 6 were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, one of the firefighters had glass in his right eye. E-6 R-6 crew started to work on the driver with advanced life support and is extremely critical and required extrication from the vehicle. Engine 6 is totaled.
The engine was properly positioned and all lights etc were on. Orlando FD Chiefs did a great thing by sending everyone home and all the firefighters spoke so highly of their brothers and sisters and their response to a very bad scene that should have been a multi fatality scene.
Firefighters please be careful out there! This is a scary example of everything done right and a near tragic end to a call. Drivers, please slow down and let firefighters and police do their jobs safely without the fear of death or injury and give them room. To the firefighters from E-6 and R-6 last night thank you my wife and I got an early and very dear Christmas present. You all took care of each other and all went home. Stay safe.