Early on the morning on May 23, 2014 Lakeside Engine 1 and Medic 2 were called for reports of a person that had fallen into the flood channel under Hwy 67.
|The patient fell onto the concrete from the edged of the channel.|
|R3 crews work to set up a mechanical lifting system|
|The lifting system requires a long section of rope and a great deal of specialized hardware|
Rescue 3 arrived at the scene and assisted the crews on scene with setting up a ladder-slide and a rope lifting system that would provide a mechanical advantage to pull the patient out of the flood channel. Once the patient was lifted out of the channel he was transported to the hospital by M2.
|Once the patient was up he was moved to a gurney for transport to the medic unit|
This call was an example of one of the technical rescue situations Lakeside firefighters are capable of carrying out. It is a low-frequency high-risk situation that requires regular training and review to stay proficient with these skills. This rescue was carried out without any issues and the patient was successfully removed from the channel and transported to the hospital.
|R3 and E1 crews put the rescue equipment back onto Rescue 3 after the call|
Photos and story by Captain Bernie Molloy