Two Staffordshire firefighters have been injured, one seriously, during a training exercise at the weekend.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the two firefighters, based at Stafford Fire Station, were injured on Sunday 29 September whilst carrying out rope rescue training at Harpur Hill, near Buxton in Derbyshire.
Both firefighters were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where one individual continues to receive treatment for his injuries which are believed to be life-changing.
The other firefighter was discharged from hospital with minor injuries.
Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant, said: “Everyone across Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is shocked and saddened by this incident and our thoughts remain with our injured colleagues and their families and friends at this difficult time and we would ask that their privacy is respected.
"We are working to support them and other colleagues who have been affected by this.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue say that the Health and Safety Executive has been informed and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances around this incident.
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis said: “My thoughts are with the firefighters and their families at this difficult time.
“The job that firefighters do on behalf of us all is inherently dangerous and this incident brings that home to us all.
“An independent investigation is underway and will report as soon as possible. In the meantime, support for the firefighters and their families is the main priority.”