An Oakland firefighter who was critically injured when a truck he
was driving overturned during a training drill at Oakland International
Airport on Tuesday is awake and breathing on his own today, according to a
The firefighter, a 28-year veteran who is assigned to the airport,
was driving an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting rig when it rolled as he was
turning near the Oakland Maintenance Center at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday, according
to spokesman Sean Maher.
The firefighter wasn't thrown from the vehicle but authorities
initially described his injuries as life-threatening and said he was taken to
a nearby hospital in critical condition.
No other injuries or property damage were reported.
The rig is capable of carrying 3,000 gallons of water and 420
gallons of foam.
The airport remained open and its operations weren't impacted by
the accident, Maher said.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.