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Cops: Fire Chief, Firefighter Crash En Route to Emergency Call

Firefighter in critical but stable condition; chief sustained knee and back injuries when they crashed Sunday afternoon, police say.

A fire chief and a volunteer firefighter were hospitalized after their cars collided en route to emergency call Sunday in North Bellmore, according to Nassau County Police.

Cops said a 34-year-old North Bellmore Fire Department chief was driving north on Newbridge Road in a chief's vehicle while responding to an emergency call. As he reached Belmond Avenue at 1:43 p.m., his vehicle collided with a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that was being driven by 27-year-old volunteer firefighter who was making a left turn and heading for the same call, cops said.

A Bellmore Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene and rushed both men to a nearby hospital.

The fire chief sustained knee and back injuries, police said. The firefighter, who was ejected from the Jeep, sustained head and neck injuries and was listed in "critical but stable condition," cops said.

Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety inspections.

Police did not release the identity of either victim.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will update as new information is confirmed.

michael July 14, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I am a former Volunteer Meri, And i will say that the there is no real EVOC training for the Volunteer fire Dept. officers. They get voted in as chief get the nice red car and hit the road. They are not professionally trained in emergency operations of a vehicle. would it have prevented this accident NO, but it certainly would not have been as bad!
Mat Riback July 14, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Not every volunteer fire department officer doesn't receive any EVOC training prior to getting the "nice red car", don't speak for all departments as whole if you are not a member of each and every one. I hope the chief and the member have a speedy recovery.
Carolyn July 14, 2014 at 07:56 PM
When will something be done about the excessive speeding problem on Newbridge Road?? Anyone who lives on this road knows exactly what I am talking about.
FedUpRealist July 16, 2014 at 02:32 PM
More lights would mean more traffic...It is a MAJOR north/south thoroughfare...It's a fact of life...But remember, people speed - Newbridge is just the platform...
Carolyn July 16, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I guess I'm more sensitive with Newbridge. I had 4 cars totaled that were parked. I'm just thankful my family wasn't in any of the vehicles

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