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At around 12:30 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, firefighters from the Kettering/Largo Fire/EMS Station 846 arrived on the scene of a working townhouse fire in the 600 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. As is standard procedure, a working fire dispatch was sounded, sending the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supervisor to the scene of the fire.
At about 12:45 pm the EMS Supervisor, operating a marked Chevrolet Tahoe Fire/EMS Department vehicle, with emergency lights and siren on and operating, was travelling southbound on Landover Road (Route 202) approaching the intersection of Arena Drive in Largo. At the intersection he ensured all cross and opposing traffic had stopped and he started to proceed through the intersection. A civilian operated 4-door vehicle entered the intersection by driving around the stopped traffic as the EMS Supervisor was proceeding through when the civilian vehicle broadsided the Fire/EMS Department unit.
The driver of each vehicle sustained injuries. The female civilian was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. The Paramedic Captain suffered loss of consciousness and was transported to a nearby Trauma Center. He regained conscious while on the scene and complained of pain in his back and tingling in some extremities. He has been admitted to the hospital and is currently undergoing a battery of tests. The injured Captain was able to speak with Fire Chief Marc Bashoor via phone and sounded in good condition despite his ordeal.
The intersection of southbound Route 202 and Arena Drive was closed for nearly 2 hours for investigation and clean-up. The Fire/EMS Department Safety Office and County Police will be conducting investigations into circumstances of the crash.