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Firefighter hurt when tanker flips on way to call

June 13, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County, Pa., volunteer firefighter was listed in satisfactory condition a day after an engine tanker flipped onto its roof while responding to a call.

Michael Kriner, 36, of Waynesboro, Pa., was a passenger in the 1986 Pierce firetruck that overturned at the intersection of Fort McCord and Mountain roads in Hamilton Township at 4:11 p.m. Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

He was airlifted to York (Pa.) Hospital, where he was visited by volunteers from the St. Thomas Fire Department. Kriner had responded to a call at 5139 Mountain Road as a volunteer with that department.

"Members of the department have been in contact with the family and have been visiting York Hospital," said Don Eshleman Jr., a public information officer with the St. Thomas Fire Department.

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Police were continuing to investigate the crash, but said the driver, 35-year-old Michael Patterson, lost control while turning.

Patterson has been discharged from Chambersburg Hospital, a nursing supervisor said Monday.

The St. Thomas Fire Department accepted offers of personnel from neighboring departments Monday, while its own volunteers received a briefing from the Franklin County Incident Stress Team, Eshleman said.

"The current plan is to get our members back in the mind-set (needed)," Eshleman said. That team will conduct a follow-up in the next couple days, he said.

Approximately 15 of the department's 40 active volunteers responded to the Mountain Road house fire, using four firetrucks.

The primary responder was Franklin Fire Department.

The fire in the single-story ranch house was reported at 3:59 p.m. by the homeowner, Franklin Deputy Fire Chief Mark Trace said.

"It was a small fire contained to the ceiling and attic area," he said.

A cause of the fire in the wood-frame house has not been made available. It started in a ceiling heating unit, Trace said.

Twenty firefighters with three apparatus knocked down the fire as others attended to the accident, Trace said. Firefighters responding to the fire hailed from Chambersburg, New Franklin, St. Thomas and Marion, with assistance from the Franklin County Air Unit, he said.

Kriner also is a volunteer with the Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department.

An insurance company will determine if the flipped tanker is a total loss, Eshleman said.

In addition to that firetruck, the department maintains two engines, a brush truck, a fire police vehicle and two ambulances, he said.

"We've only had this unit in service for a little over a year. We do have mutual aid established with other surrounding departments," Eshleman said.

Eshleman said a new engine tanker costs about $350,000, but did not have an estimated value of the 1986 Pierce. The firetruck is owned by the department, he said.

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