SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Fire Department firefighters were stuck in their fire engine for an hour Wednesday morning after powerline fell on it during the peak of the windstorm.
Deputy Fire Chief Rex Strickland said the crew was headed back from a medical call where one of the crew members had to go with paramedics to the hospital.
He said at 6:45 a.m. the crew was on their way to pick up the firefighter at the hospital when the powerlines fell over the truck at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Perry Street.
Strickland said the firefighters stayed in the truck, called it in and waited for Avista crews to de-energize lines. The crew then went about the rest of their shift.
Strickland said the incident happened around the busiest part of the morning and luckily no one was injured.
Strickland said he’s been on the job for 30 years and doesn’t recall this ever happening to a fire crew he’s worked with saying, “It’s kind of unusual.”