No injuries reported and driver not cited, but fire department conducting internal investigation
Nobody was injured when a Belgium fire truck rolled on its side while the department was responding to a call this month, but the vehicle was damaged and it isn’t yet known when it can return to service.
A crew was responding to a grass fire on the afternoon of March 9 and missed the driveway on Sauk Trail Road for the call, according to Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department accident report.
The driver, Leon Anzia, was looking for a place to turn around when the truck went off the road and down the shoulder. The truck rolled onto its passenger side, according to the report.
Anzia and three firefighters were taken to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton to be checked over. No injuries were reported.
Anzia did not receive a citation. Sheriff Jim Johnson said his department wouldn’t typically cite such a violation, and that the investigation is closed.
The Belgium Fire Department, however, is conducting an investigation into the accident, Fire Chief Dan Birenbaum said. Anzia was certified to drive the truck, he said.
The truck is insured but a damage estimate is not yet available, Birenbaum said. He said he thinks the truck can be repaired.
In the interim, the fire department’s 2001 pumper truck is serving as its first responder for a structure fire and another pumper is the first supply truck.
Birenbaum said the Port Washington Fire Department offered to let Belgium use one of its engine trucks until the pumper is repaired. He said Belgium will go with two engine trucks instead of three for the time being.
“No one was hurt, the truck can be repaired and we move on,” Birenbaum said.
The accident happened .31 of a mile north of Highway D. The department extinguished the fire, Birenbaum said.
The truck is a 2001 pumper valued at $650,000. It is scheduled to be replaced in 2031, according to the Belgium Fire Department’s replacement schedule.
Image Information: A BELGIUM FIRE TRUCK went off Sauk Trail Road and onto its side during a call on March 9. Nobody was injured in the accident and no citation was issued. The fire department is conducting an investigation into the accident. Photos courtesy of Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department