An Oak Ridge Fire Department Captain was injured Sunday morning while assisting on a mutual aid assignment in the Claxton community at 134 Allen Lane.  Deputy Chief Josh Waldo stated, “It appears that a pressure surge in the water supply caused the Captain to lose his grip on a hose line that he and his firefighter were operating in the front yard of the residence. The nozzle on the line came back and struck the Captain in the face causing serious injuries.” The Oak Ridge Fire Department reported that the Captain had on all of his protective equipment, but the nozzle hit just below the bottom of his helmet. The Captain underwent three hours of surgery yesterday morning to repair multiple fractures in his face. He has since been released from the hospital, but is expected to be out of work for several months.  

For additional information please contact Oak Ridge Fire Department Deputy Chief Josh Waldo at 865-425-3525.