A firefighter had both legs broken when he was crushed
between two vintage fire trucks after the Te Puke fire
brigade's centenary parade.
Fire service assistant area commander Aaron Waterreus said
the fire trucks were being taken back to the station after
the parade when one drove into the back of another at the
corner of Jocelyn S and Jellicoe streets about 10.30am on
The firefighter is Fergus Keith, a volunteer at the Omokoroa
"He was standing on the rear step of one of the vintage
trucks. With the nose to tail he was stuck between the two
vehicles," Mr Waterreus told the Bay of Plenty Times.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said Mr Keith was taken to
Tauranga Hospital with moderate leg injuries.
Mr Keith's wife, family and colleagues had been offered
"It was supposed to be a day of celebration and it's quite
unpleasant when one of your guys gets injured," Mr Waterreus
Mr Keith's wife, Carolyn, said: "He's doing okay. He'll be
Te Puke deputy chief fire officer Dale Lindsay said the
incident put a "rather large damper" on the weekend's
Mr Lindsay said the road was reopened sooner than expected
after the parade and a car "appeared to whizz through" the
roundabout forcing the front fire truck to stop suddenly but
the second fire truck did not stop in time.