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Hartford Fire Department to the (Water) Rescue


Submitted 6 months ago
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Mark Travis

Sure they fight fires and everything, but in the first couple weeks of July the Hartford Fire Department responded to several water rescues. So does that make them the Hartford Fire and Water Department?

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Here's the lowdown from Town Manager Leo Pullar's Significant Activity Report:

-- On July 4th the department responded to 4203 Route 14 in Sharon for a male patient possibly in or near the water at the bottom of a steep embankment that was unable to extricate himself from the river. The patient was conscious however was unable to stand or walk. Upon further assessment of the area the patient was approximately at the bottom of a 50-60 foot embankment. A simple single rope system was built using a MPD and FF Jones made his way to the river to contact the patient. The patient was secured into the basket and arriving personnel from Hanover and Lebanon assisted us in hauling the patient to the roads edge where he was loaded into South Royalton's ambulance for transport.

-- On July 6th the department was dispatched mutual aid to Sharon for a report that subjects were in distress in the water. Lebanon and Hanover Fire Department's water rescue teams were requested to assist and respond to the scene. Hartford's swiftwater team deployed a boat down river and move up stream to the railroad trestle checking both banks and the river for possible victims. The boat crew's search found no victims, with no further evidence of person’s in distress the scene was transferred to VSP.

-- On July 12th the department was called to the Quechee Covered Bridge for a female who had jumped in the water and became injured. Upon the time of call dispatch was informed the patient was still in the water. Initially we responded with ambulance 1 and Rescue and requested additional resources from Lebanon and Hanover. The patient was found to be at the edge of the water beneath the bridge. Personnel easily accessed the patient and determined her injuries were minor however the patient was unable to walk. A stokes liter was brought to the patient and she was extricated to the parking lot to the awaiting ambulance. The last portion of the carry was steep, rocky and uneven so a rope was utilized to assist the rescuers up the embankment to the parking lot.

(Vermont News blogger Eric Francis has lots of photos on this last rescue.)

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