Technical Rescue at Takoma Park Middle School

E702 and A702 were dispatched at around 1330 to Takoma Park Middle School after a report of an injured person.

E702 (career and volunteer staffing) was the first arriving unit.

FF Bearne (TPVFD) and FF Miller (MCFRS) found the patient at the bottom of two steep, snow-covered hills with a suspected spinal injury after hitting a rock while sledding.

The site of the rescue was at the bottom of these hills, between the gap in the trees to the right of center of the image.

The site of the rescue was at the bottom of these hills, between the gap in the trees to the right of center of the image.

Immediately realizing that they would be unable to carry the patient up the hill, they advised Captain Miller (MCFRS) that a truck, tower or squad would be needed in order to assist with the extrication.

A702 arrived and the Company 2 units placed the patient on a backboard.

With the assistance of PE701 and AT719, the patient was secured in a Stokes basket.

Crews at the top of the hill rigged up a pulley system and rope was attached to the Stokes, allowing it to be pulled up the hill.

The patient was transferred to A702 and transferred to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Good teamwork from all involved meant a speedy extrication from a difficult area.