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3 Hall County firefighters hurt during training

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Three Hall County firefighters were injured when something went wrong during training.

A Hall County Fire spokesperson says the accident happened at the fire academy complex on Allen Creek Road in Gainesville Tuesday at about 2:15 p.m.

The three injured are all veterans of the fire department. T.J. Elliot and Stephen Jackson both have been on the force for seven years, while Will Griffin has served four years.

There was reportedly a mechanical failure on a ladder truck the firefighters were on. They were in a bucket about 70 feet in the air when it suddenly plummeted 20 feet.

All three firefighters suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals. Two of them were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and the third taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The ladder truck has only been in use by the department for about three to six months.

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell released the following statement:

"I want to take a second on behalf of the entire department to say thank you to everyone who has called/text/emailed and prayed for our injured guys today. We were able to visit with all of them at the hospitals.

"All three have significant back injuries and lower extremity injuries. Concussion, lacerations and punctures…But fortunately God kept them alive. My sincere thanks to everyone who offered to help and sent words of encouragement. On behalf of the myself and the entire department a huge Thank You!!!

"Special thanks to Gainesville Fire and Gwinnett Fire. Gainesville's tower truck was used to extricate them from the bucket about 50' in the air, Gwinnett responded a platform, but we were able to get them out just as they arrived. HUGE thanks to those guys and our guys who worked professionally and tirelessly to save their brothers. Also Atlanta Fire… They had firefighters at Grady when our guys arrived. The Brotherhood of the Fire Service knows no boundaries. Hall County dispatch for handling the radios and other requests professionally...Air Methods for great care flying two of them to Grady... Thanks to each of you!! I am sure there are many others.

"I am constantly amazed and so very proud to be associated with a great profession and a great group of men and women in the fire service. Thank you all!!!! We will update each of you as we can and once the investigation is complete we will have a complete report to share. For now…please pray for the three guys and their families."

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