Busy weekend for Nelson Fire Department

Two motor vehicle accidents, one requiring the Jaws of Life, one rescue call, seven first responder calls and more.

  • Mar. 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services respond to over a dozen calls on the weekend.

Two motor vehicle accidents, one requiring the Jaws of Life, one rescue call, seven first responder calls, as well as a handful of public safety and by-law enforcement calls.

On Saturday the crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at Cedar and Carbonate Street intersection with a report of three injuries.

The crew arrived on scene and assessed the vehicles and patients with the assistance of EHS.  It was determined that one person was going to need to be removed from the passenger side with the Jaws of Life as spinal precautions needed to be used.

The crew was able to utilize the new cordless Jaws that had been put into service only weeks earlier.  The new tools sped up the extrication effort greatly as the patient had been removed from the vehicle only 12 minutes after arriving on scene.

Other incidents included:

  • On Friday, crews were requested to attend a residence to assist with gaining access. The resident had not been contacted for an extended period of time which raised concerns.  The responding firefighter gained access to a second storey window using a 20-foot extension ladder and discovered the occupant in medical distress.The firefighter assessed, treated and monitored the patient until EHS arrived.
  • On Saturday the crews were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle that had ended up in a yard.  Crews arrived on scene and assessed for hazards and injuries.  Fortunately there were none and the firefighters stood by while the vehicle was removed from the yard to ensure that no issues developed.



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