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Monday, April 22, 2013

Challenging Rescue on Medical Call at UMD Campus

Firefighters, paramedics and the Department's technical rescue team performed a challenging rescue of a patient that experienced a medical emergency on the top floor of a building under construction on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

Just after 2:00 pm, Monday, April 22, Fire/EMS units were alerted to the incident on Prienkert Drive to a 4-story building under construction with an unconscious worker on the top level.  Firefighters saw the challenges associated with accessing, treating and removing the patient from the construction site and requested additional equipment to include a ladder truck from College Park Fire/EMS Station as well the technical rescue team from Berwyn Heights and St. Josephs stations.

Crews made their way to the patient and determined that he was not breathing and had no pulse.  CPR was initiated as other crew members devised a plan to remove the patient from the 4th level in a safe and expeditious manner as possible.

The patient, a 50ish year old male, was loaded into a stokes basket and lowered to the ground down the extended ladder from the College Park truck.  The rescue effort was completed within about 30 minutes after crews made initial patient contact.  CPR continued and the patient was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital.

Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930

Photos by, Asst. Fire Chief TJ James, PGFD

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