|Initial call for Heavy Rescue
May 8 - It was a bitter sweet day at Station
18. At approximately 730 pm, after more than two years of planning, building and
in-servicing, the new Heavy Rescue was officially placed in service. Our old
rig was sold in late January 2015. At that time, we purchased a reserve rescue
from the Wissahickon Fire Department - Rescue 7.
This rig served our community
flawlessly until yesterday when the equipment was officially transferred to the
new heavy. This task was not a simple one. Crew worked the last
nine days straight since the rig came home from the FDIC show in Indy. Hundreds
of hours have been spent just in tool layout and mounting equipment by our
volunteers. This was in addition to the countless planning
sessions, inspection trips and, oh yes, the fund raising activities to pay for
this rig and all our other equipment.
we left the station around 8 pm the question in everyone's mind was
when will it make its maiden voyage.
Unfortunately, there was no time wasted. At approximately 11pm R-18 and
18-9 were dispatched as part of the first alarm to a multi vehicle
accident at mm 215s in Harford's first due. As we rolled out the door
listen to the incident escalating into a serious event.|
quickly that the new heavy's first run was going to was going to put
vehicular accident planning phase of the rig to the test. Upon 18's
the rescue went into a heavy deployment and went to work.
Overall the rig
performed as it was designed and provided the crews with the tooling needed to
save multiple lives in the accidents of today. Sadly, the outcome was not what we would
hope. All though many were saved, there were some who unfortunately did not.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. As for the efforts on scene - an
outstanding job by all involved and a true example of teamwork.
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