OWL VFD Performs Technical Rescue in Lake Ridge

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Provided by OWL VFD

Rescue units were dispatched to a reported injury at the end of Bertram Street down a hill by the “river” at 12:27 p.m. EMS units arrived on the scene to find an injured patient approximately 120 feet down a steep hill next to the Occoquan Reservoir.

Due to the steepness of the hill, OWL VFD technical rescue units carrying rope rescue gear were requested and dispatched.  A rope system was quickly set up in order to safely lower rescuers and equipment to the injured patient. Understanding the dangers of hauling the patient back up the hill, the technical rescue team requested an OWL VFD rescue boat to respond to their location on the reservoir. The rescue boat arrived as the patient was being prepared for transport.

The original patient and a second patient, injured while attempting to help the first patient, were both transported via rescue boat back to the Lake Ridge Marina and subsequently transported to Sentara Hospital by a medic unit.

Fire and Rescue units from OWL, Dale City and the Department of Fire and Rescue worked cohesively to make this technical rescue safe and orderly.

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