November 12th, 2015- In the morning hours of November 12th the Rescue Engine was alerted to respond to the area of Piscataway Road and Temple Hills Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle accident with patients entrapped. While en route to the scene Public Safety Communications began receiving multiple calls for the same incident in the area. Initial units from Clinton arrived on the scene and Chief 25A reported one patient ‘pinned’ in one vehicle requiring a ‘dash roll’ and another patient trapped in another vehicle requiring a ‘door pop’. The Rescue Engine and Chief 27A arrived on scene moments later fully staffed with 6 volunteers and immediately split crews and began work extricating both patients. The vehicle requiring a ‘door pop’ was handled within minutes of arrival and the patient was handed over to awaiting EMS crews. The Rescue Engine crew then simultaneously worked on completion of the extrication on the vehicle requiring a ‘roof removal’ and ‘dash roll’. After a challenging extrication due to patient positioning, the dash was lifted off the patient, and the patient was handed over to EMS crews on scene. Command requested air support for rapid transport to an area trauma center. The helicopter landed in a field directly behind the incident scene while the crews packaged the patient. The Rescue Engine crew then moved to assist the units from Clinton and the 7th Battalion moving the patient into the awaiting helicopter. All crews on scene worked flawlessly together to obtain a positive outcome.
This was just one of many calls for service volunteers from Company 27 took in during the day, including Box Alarms and Street Alarms.