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Rescue of an Injured Person

posted Feb 6, 2016, 9:08 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 7:12 AM ]
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. of Newark was dispatched for an injured person on Friday evening, February 5.  The patient was reported to be in a wooded area off the 100 block of Red Mill Rd.

The arriving ambulance was met by officers of the Newark Police Department who had been searching for the man.  The 41 year old male was found on the north side of the CSX Railroad, approximately 200 yards off of the roadway.  With the victim egress challenged and unable to ambulate, additional fire department resources were summoned.

As EMT's from Aetna attended to the patient's medical needs, firefighters used chain saws to cut a path through brier patches and woods to gain better access to the victim.  Faced with rugged hilly terrain and having to traverse the railroad right of way, Aetna requested the assistance of the New Castle County High Angle and Confined Space Technical Rescue Team.

Six New Castle County fire departments with specialized rescue equipment along with rescue technicians from across the county responded to assist the Newark Fire Department in the extrication effort.  Fire department ladders were placed on the hills leading to the railroad.  Ropes, rigging and other rescue equipment were carried to the scene.  The CSX Transportation Center was contacted and all rail traffic in the area was stopped.

EMT's and rescue technicians secured the patient in a metal stokes stretcher basket and the patient was carried to an open area of a local commercial property.  The patient was transported by fire department ambulance to the Christiana Hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

A total of 40 firefighters, rescue technicians and EMT's worked on the scene for 90 minutes.

Press release by PIO John H. Farrell, IV