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Kincardine Firefighters Charged After Crashing Fire Truck

Kincardine | by Bayshore News Staff  

Police complete investigation into October 2019 incident.

Two members of the Kincardine Fire Department have been charged with Highway Traffic Act offences, after crashing a fire truck in the municipality last year.

Provincial Police say a collision investigation into an October 2019 incident has been completed. OPP say officers were called to Bruce Avenue in Kincardine on Oct. 24 after a report came in about a single vehicle collision involving a fire truck.

Police arrived to find a fire truck had left the roadway, and rolled onto its side in a ditch.

A passenger in the fire truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

As of a result of investigation, OPP say the 54-year-old driver of the fire truck has been charged with careless driving.

Police say a 33-year-old passenger in the truck was charged with fail to properly wear a seatbelt.

The Municipality of Kincardine issued a statement following the news about two of its fire department members being charged under the Highway Traffic Act in relation to the October 2019 incident.

"We take these charges seriously and are committed to learning from such incidents to improve our workplace health and safety practices," Kincardine CAO Sharon Chambers says in a statement. "We remain unwavering in our commitment to health and safety of all of our employees as well as the public."

The statement explains an external independent review was commissioned by the municipality following the accident. It is in the process of reviewing the resulting recommendations to ensure continued improvements to the fire department's safety outcomes.

The Municipality of Kincardine did not say if either of the two men involved in the fire truck crash faced any disciplinary action.

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