Two Arizona firefighters were injured in a rollover accident on Monday on their way from from a fire assignment in California, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reported.
The two firefighters from the Elephant Head Volunteer Fire Department, based in Amado, were returning from the Carr Fire when their engine blew a tire and rolled along U.S. Highway 95 just outside of Hawthorne, Nevada, said Tiffany Davila, a state forestry spokeswoman.
The two men had to be extricated from the engine and were airlifted to a Nevada hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Davila said. They have since been released from the hospital.
“Considering the seriousness of the accident, we are very lucky these men were able to be released from the hospital so quickly,” State Forester Jeff Whitney said. “As firefighters, we are always on the road, and driving is one of the most dangerous parts of our jobs. We cannot stress driver safety enough. Thankfully, these men will both make full recoveries.”
Nearly 400 Arizona firefighters are working on fires across the west, Davila said. The majority of them are assigned to fires in California.
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