A Calgary firefighter was dragged by a vehicle while rendering assistance at the scene of a collision this afternoon in Calgary.

According to the Calgary Police Service, at approximately 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, police were called for a report of a single-vehicle collision in the 100 block of Bermuda Drive N.W.

"A CFD firefighter was dragged by the vehicle as the driver and vehicle fled the scene. The firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries," a press release stated.

Calgary police stated that HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) was deployed to locate and monitor the vehicle from a safe distance. After locating the vehicle, officers safely took the suspect into custody. Investigators have also confirmed the vehicle was stolen.

“In incidents like these, our priority is always to ensure public safety first,” says Duty Inspector Jeff Pennoyer of the CPS Real-Time Operations Centre. “The driver demonstrated little regard for the safety of both the public and our fellow first responders, and as such, we dedicated resources from across the Service to safely resolve this incident.”

The investigation remains ongoing and charges against the driver are pending.

Previously, the RCMP had stated that motorists who were in the area of the Balzac traffic circle may have encountered an increased police presence due to an ongoing event in Calgary, though Discover Airdrie can't independently confirm whether this incident is in fact the one that the RCMP mentioned.

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