Construction Site Rescue
At noon on Thursday June 6th, BCCRS units were dispatched to the construction site at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue for an injured worker, conscious but unable to walk, at the bottom of the below-grade portion of the site, approximately 50 feet below street level. The BCCRS Heavy Rescue Squad (RS741) responded with a crew of 5 firefighters, two of whom are certified Rope Rescue Technicians. The Paramedic Chase Unit (ALS741) and Medic Unit (M741) from BCCRS also responded, bringing advanced life support to the scene.
The patient was evaluated and treated in the pit by ALS741, and packaged in a Stokes basket by members of RS741. The basket was then rigged with a high-angle bridle and a fully redundant rope Tower Crane attachment. The Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Service Technical Rescue Team was dispatched as well, and provided a technical safety check of the system prior to the lift. The crane on the construction site was used to hoist the patient approximately 50 feet to street level, where he was evaluated and transported by M741.
This was a resource intensive call, involving multiple BCCRS units, MCFRS units, and mutual aid from E750B and AT751. Members from several agencies all worked well together and demonstrated professionalism and skill in handling a complex rescue.