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Units Respond to Accident with Entrapment (Rescue Box 47-15)

November 11th, 2006

As the trucks were backing into the station and personnel were cleaning up from the fly-out early Saturday morning, the tones at the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company sounded once again. While returning to Station 17 from the landing site less than five minutes after the helicopter was airborne, the EMS supervisor came across a single vehicle accident on Merrymans Mill Road in the area of Sunnybrook Road. After a quick scene assessment, the discovery was made that the driver, the only occupant, was trapped inside of the car. EMS7 requested the rescue assignment, bringing Engine 471, Engine 473, Medic 475, and numerous additional units from throughout the area. The units from Jacksonville arrived within a minute to find a sedan that had run through a guardrail, down an embankment, and into a tree. The crews on both engines and the medic unit worked to stabilize the patient as a protective handline was pulled. The hydraulic rescue tools on E473 were then setup to commence extrication. Crews worked for approximately ten minutes to free the teenage male patient. Once the driver was freed, the remainder of the rescue assignment was cancelled. The patient was then fully immobilized and loaded into the back of the medic unit. He was then transported to the trauma center and the remainder of the units on scene cleared shortly thereafter.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, M475

Other Units: EMS7
 
 
 
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