Chief Fire Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, has given more details about the incident in Corby on Saturday evening when a firefighter suffered serious injuries in a collision.
He said: “We are continuing to provide support to our firefighter who was injured in a collision in Corby on Saturday evening (August 11).
“The incident happened at about 11pm in George Street, Corby. The crew, who were from Corby Fire Station, had been dealing with a barn fire for several hours and while returning to the station, stopped off at the shops to buy food as they had missed a meal break.
“The driver of the fire appliance parked in a parking bay at the side of the road and went to speak to another man who had parked his car behind them. While they were talking, a car was in collision with them both, which then drove off without stopping.
“Our firefighter, 32-year-old Mark Hackett, a father of three who lives with his family in Corby, suffered a range of injuries, including serious leg injuries. While thankfully they are not life-threatening, Mark will require intensive and ongoing treatment over a period of several months.
“We will continue to provide support to him and his family and aim to help him return to work when he is fully recovered. We are also offering support to colleagues who were with him and were left very shaken by the incident.
Months of treatment and rehabilitation
“Mark has been a firefighter for 10 years and has served his local community in Corby throughout that time. I am sure local people are as shocked as I am that someone could drive off without stopping after being in collision with two pedestrians. Thankfully, the other man did not need hospital treatment; however, our firefighter has many months of treatment and rehabilitation before his and his family’s lives can return to anywhere near normal.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have any information about the collision and urge them to contact police on 101 as soon as possible. Any information, however small, may help find the person or people involved.”
An investigation into what happened is underway and police officers would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about the collision or the car involved. Witnesses or anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.