Vehicle Comes to Rest off the Roadway, Overturned, in Little Britain Township.
Monday, December 17th, 2012
Story by Assistant Chief Kris Schwerin, Jr.
On Monday December 17th the volunteers of the Robert Fulton Fire Company were alerted for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Assistant Chief 89 (K. Schwerin Jr.) went responding and was given the update of a single vehicle upside down off the roadway on Kirks Mill Rd.
Shortly after the update, Rescue 89 and Engine 89-3 also went responding. With the units enroute Deputy Chief Hodgden arrived and confirmed the 911 report. There was one patient heavily trapped due to the car being upside down in a ditch 20 feet off the road. The patient was conscious and talking but a second rescue was called due to the position of the car in the ditch. Chester County was notified and a rescue and engine from Union Fire Company of Oxford Station 21 was alerted. After arriving on the scene and conferring with Deputy 89, Assistant 89 assumed command. Rescue 89 and Engine 3 set to work after arriving to stabilize the vehicle and form a plan to safely extricate the patient. Engine 89-1 arrived and their manpower assisted the crews already on scene.
While the car was being stabilized, firefighters set to work with the hydraulic rescue tools to open the passenger side door. This side of the car was the easiest accessible and the best option to gain access to the patient still inside. Once the door was open the patient was assisted from the vehicle and taken to an awaiting ambulance to be treated and transported to the hospital.
Crews were available in under an hour. Many thanks to Oxford Station 21 for their assistance.