On the evening of April 12th, Company 10 units (including the recently placed-in-service volunteer-staffed Medic 710) ran a vehicle accident requiring the use of technical rescue skills. A vehicle traveling on the Clara Barton Parkway somehow left the road striking a tree, resulting in injuries to the multiple occupants. Due to the nature of the injuries and the location of the victims, Truck 710 setup a low-angle “slope” rescue system. This is an advanced skill using a combination of ropes, pulleys, and other hardware typically at home in the recreational climbing world to make it easy to bring a victim up a steep hill.
While Medic 710 tended to patients, additional crew members on scene set up the system. On scene personnel were able to rapidly remove the injured parties and transport them to a local area hospital for further treatment. A video posted by Montgomery County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Pete Piringer (which we posted below) shows the patient being hauled up the slope. The firefighters walking with rope in their hand towards the bottom of the screen are using mechanical advantage to bring the patient and attending crew members up the hill with little effort. You can read more about the incident at WUSA9.