Baltimore City

Firefighter injured after falling off truck responding to call

A Baltimore City firefighter was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after noon Tuesday after he was injured while responding to an emergency call.

Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said the firefighter fell off a fire truck that was turning a corner while en route to the 3000 block of Liberty Heights Ave. shortly after noon.

The firefighter suffered injuries to his head and elbow, including lacerations, and was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution, Cartwright said. The firefighter did not appear to have fractures or life-threatening injuries, he said.

The firefighter was alert and talking with staffers when he got to the hospital, the city Firefighters Union Local 734 said in a Twitter message.

Cartwright said the Truck Company No. 12 firefighter had been in the cab of the truck and wore a seat belt, and an investigation was underway to determine how he fell.

He added that crews found no fire to put out when they arrived at the Liberty Heights address, just smoke from an air conditioner in the building.

Cartwright did not immediately have additional information about the identity of the firefighter, including his rank or number of years on the job.