One of our career paramedics suffered a serious injury during firefighter training in October. He is a career medic and a paid-on-call firefighter. During an evening training with ladders he fell off the ladder as he descended and struck the ground. He was transported to the local hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured clavicle, fractured humerus and fractured scapula. His prognosis is uncertain and will be off work for six to eight months if all goes well. Worst case scenario is that this could end his career as a paramedic.
LESSONS LEARNED: All firefighting/EMS duties should be taken seriously and performed with great care. This applies not only on emergency scenes but as in this case, trainings also.