Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Extrication Traffic Collision on Wildcat Canyon Rd.

Wildcat Canyon -

On the evening of February 16, 2011,  units from the Lakeside and Barona Fire Districts were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision on Wildcat Canyon Road just south of Muth Valley Road.  When Battalion 1 arrived on scene and assumed command, he reported two vehicles with moderate to severe damage blocking both the north and southbound lanes of Wildcat Canyon Road with several injured occupants.

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The collision was between the front of one vehicle and the passenger side of the other vehicle in what is commonly referred to a a T-Bone collision.  All occupants were still in the vehicles, one of which required extrication to be removed.
The accident scene lit-up by Rescue 3

In total, there were three occupants in the two vehicles.  All occupants sustained injuries and were transported by firefighter-paramedics to area trauma centers.  The extrication was carried out quickly and efficiently by the crews from Rescue 3, Engine 2 and Engine 27 while Engine 1, Medic 1, and Medic 27 worked to provide patient care during the incident.  This incident is an example of cooperation between two bordering agencies that respond to several calls per year together.  Through mutual training, crews from both agencies know what roles they will fill on scene and are familiar with the equipment that will be used from both agencies. The Lakeside and Barona Fire Departments have a long history of a close working relationship on many different types of incidents.

This vehicle sustained a side impact and required the "Jaws of Life" to extricate the patient

The door was removed to aid in extricating the patient

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Story by:  Engineer Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District

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