Terrifying near-miss for Gold Coast fire crew

A fire crew from the northern Gold Coast have been left shaken after their truck was crushed by a massive tree north west of Brisbane.

It’s understood the crew from the Ormeau Rural Fire Brigade were helping fight a blaze near Esk on Wednesday night when the frightening incident occurred.

First Officer Ben Watson shared a photo from the scene, showing the fire truck’s cabin completely smashed in by the fallen tree.


“Last night a crew from Ormeau were in attendance at a fire near Esk when a large tree fell down and crushed the front cab of the fire appliance,” he said.

Officer Watson said thankfully the trio were okay, however were extremely shaken up.

“All three crew were shaken up by the incident and were checked over by Queensland Ambulance Service soon afterwards,” he said.

“The three are physically ok and will be taken care of by the brigade and QFES with whatever support is needed into the foreseeable future.

“I’d like to thank the volunteer crew for their professionalism and dedication to the Rural Fire Service. Their work is invaluable at a time when QLD is experiencing some of the worst fire conditions in recent history.”

The post has since been flooded with hundreds of messages from concerned members of the public.

“Oh gosh. We appreciate the risk you take with these fires.thank you for leaving your families and loved ones to take care of others,” one person commented.

“Thank goodness you are all ok. Thank you for all the excellent work you guys do under such trying circumstances. Bless you all,” commented another.