SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A volunteer firefighter was injured Sunday afternoon after he lost control of his apparatus and crashed into a tree.
Photo Chief George Gorman/South Berwick Fire Department
The remains of the crashed tanker Firefighter Adam Leach was driving.
Firefighter Adam Leach, 31, was returning from a call when he is believed to have had a medical problem and swerved the tanker truck off the road and hit a large pine tree, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Firefighter Leach was not seriously hurt, tearing a finger tendon and getting bumps and bruises.
The apparatus is completely destroyed, but the 3,000 gallons of water it was holding did not rupture.
Firefighter Leach has been placed on unpaid sick leave. Firefighter Leach has 15 years on the department and is a professional truck driver.
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Rick Marian de GruylMonday, November 19, 2012 5:26:48 PMsounds like a good driving move on his part probably saved hitting someone on the road. hope he recovers soon.
Norman JohnsonMonday, November 19, 2012 6:54:03 PMHope he finds out if it was a medical issue, and gets better soon..
Robert O'ConnorMonday, November 19, 2012 7:23:31 PMLooks like it was a nice Water Tender, since it does not have wings cannot be a tanker those fly over fires... Oh wait it's the right coast... takes awhile for the rest of the country to catch up to the left coast, same with ICS, NIMS, Clear Talk, etc.
Don BenceMonday, November 19, 2012 7:28:07 PMI would call this a water tender as well. tankers fly take it from me.
Don BenceMonday, November 19, 2012 7:29:17 PMhowever, hope everyone involved gets well soon.
David MeadeTuesday, November 20, 2012 2:40:00 AMFire Dept. " Tankers " Have been called that for the 35 yrs that I have been in service. Both Professional, and Volunteer service. That being said, I hope he gets better fast.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:06:50 AMthank god the 3000 gallons didn't rupture!
Hank LangTuesday, November 20, 2012 3:25:43 AMHere in Maine, I've always heard this vehicle called a "Tanker", as in tank truck, and a "Water Tender" is either a small service boat or a marine boiler operating job positon. I guess I don't see the connection for naming this type of vehicle a "Water Tender" when it functions as a mobile tank of water.
I too hope the operator gets well soon. Can I call him an operator or is he called something else on the "Left" coast?
Nick WalkowskiTuesday, November 20, 2012 4:05:34 AMMaybe I am missing something say's he is 31 and has 15 years on the department? In Michigan you have to be minimum of 18 years of age if the math is correct he started the dept when he was 16 is this even possible?
Gareth EdwardsTuesday, November 20, 2012 6:29:33 AMHe probably started as an explorer I started working with the fire department at 14 because of this great program thru the Boy Scouts
Christopher StroutTuesday, November 20, 2012 3:46:40 PMIn Maine you can start as a "junior" firefighter or some departments call it an "explorer" program. These typically start at age 15.
Bill BegunTuesday, November 20, 2012 6:02:57 PMmedical problem-professional truck driver=pulled license.
Nick WalkowskiWednesday, November 21, 2012 2:58:57 AMThanks for the info..Either way glad he got out with MINOR injuries.We all know trucks are replaceable
Crystal ShulerThursday, November 22, 2012 8:24:46 AMit is a tanker in SC.
Ken LaughlinSaturday, November 24, 2012 6:39:32 AMI thought the term was fire truck.
Hilltop Lakes VfdSaturday, November 24, 2012 7:37:40 AMI guess because you need a tank endorsement its called a tanker even in the south