06/04/11 247 W, 2 I - + 6 - 3 Today's Trench Rescue in Apex, Updated

Let's see if we craft a quick narrative here. Apex Fire & EMS, Cary Fire, and Wake County EMS treated and removed a construction worker injured at a construction site earlier this afternoon. Apex Ladder 3 and EMS 41 were the first units on scene, dispatched as a medical call about 11:20 a.m. Patient found approximately a quarter-mile off the road, at the Highway 540 construction site off Old Holly Springs Apex Road.

Personnel transported to accident site by four-wheel vehicles on site. Found male patient in 20-foot metal trench box, pinned under a large rock. Additional units responded/requested, including Apex Battalion 1 (Incident Command on roadway), Car 1 (Operations Command at accident site), Rescue 4, and USAR 1 (tractor-drawn).

Patient subsequently self-extricated from underneath rock, but still required treatment and removal. Second alarm for manpower requested from Cary Fire Department. They responded with Engine 4, Rescue 4, Engine 6, Battalion 1, and their tractor-drawn collapse rescue unit. Additional EMS resources for rehab requested, with Truck 1 dispatched. Other EMS units on scene included EMS 1, EMS _, and District 5.

Patient treated and packaged in trench box. Tracked excavator used as rigging tripod for raising patient using stokes basket. Removed from trench about 1:15 p.m. Transported by EMS 1 to nearby air ambulance, WakeMed Air Mobile 1. Landing zone was dirt access road just off the paved off. Maybe a few more details forthcoming. Good job all around. Now time to clean those camera sensors of mine! See photos by Mike Legeros. Click to enlarge:

Where is the helicopter from?
Marcus - 06/04/11 - 17:52

“Transported by EMS 1 to nearby air ambulance, WakeMed Air Mobile 1.”
Legeros - 06/04/11 - 17:53

Guess my reading comprehension needs a little work.
Marcus - 06/04/11 - 20:14

Air Mobile 1 has been quite busy lately. This incident plus the transport of the 1 critical patient that was part of the Fatal MVA up towards Wake Forest last night and other recent incidents I can’t recall at the moment. But good to see them being used.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 06/06/11 - 13:09

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