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Rope rescue - Dogsthorpe

Firefighters and paramedics rescue casualty trapped in Church tower

On Tuesday (30) at 3.13pm, firefighters from Whittlesey and Huntingdon were called to rescue a casualty from height at a Church on Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe.

Crews arrived to find a female had taken a fall from the third floor of the Church tower down to the second floor. She had become trapped and was suffering from injuries sustained during the fall.

Firefighters used their specialist rope rescue skills to rescue the casualty, with assistance from the Ambulance Service and their HART Team.

They used their new specialist equipment, which enables firefighters to rescue people from height in difficult circumstances. The equipment which was recently rolled out, allows firefighters to perform rescues in a safer and more effective way, while also providing enhanced integration with hazardous area response teams (HART) from the ambulance service.

Station Commander Scott Feveyear, who was the officer in charge at the scene commented: “The team were able to put their newly developed skills into action and perform what was a very challenging rescue, due to the confined space and layout of the tower the casualty was trapped in.

“Using the specialist rope rescue equipment our highly skilled firefighters worked together with HART paramedics, and they were able to bring her down to safety.”

Watch Commander Steve Conway, who led the roll out of the new rescue capability training commented: “This is a great example of how valuable the rope rescue capability is and how it works in action. The firefighters using it were a real credit to the Service and put their intensive learning and training into action to safely rescue the casualty.”