Star Award

Gowanda Volunteer FD

Gowanda, New York

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Date of Incident:

11/23/2015

People Involved in Providing Assistance to Incident:

  • Nick Crassi Asst Chief Command
  • Tim Twichell Captain, Extrication Team Leader/Tool Operator
  • Don Offhaus Captain,Tool Operator
  • Al Conklin, FF, Tool Operator and Support
  • Thomas Raiport, FF Support
  • Ben Tessmer, FF Suport

Description of Incident:

At 8:00AM on 11/23/15 Gowanda Fire was toned out for extrication equipment to the scene of a single vehicle accident with heavy entrapment on the Bentley road for the South Dayton Fire Dept. Gowanda Chief 2 and Rescue 7 responded. A full size for pickup had left the road and collided with several trees with a single male patient heavily trapped between the fire wall and seat area. A large amount of ripped up sheet metal was removed and a full roof removal was done. After carefully removing torn metal from around the victims left leg and cutting the seat back loose, a come-along and chain was used to pull the fire wall and steering column outward and down from the patient. The “extra cab” door and rocker panel was also removed to allow a backboard to be slid under the patient and he was gently removed to an Ambulance to take him to a waiting Mercy Flight Helicopter. The driver suffered very serious leg and other injuries. Equipment used were two cutters, two spreaders, sawzall, chains and other tools. Nearly an hour was needed to do the job. South Dayton FD, Gowanda Fire and Gowanda Ambulance were on scene, and Dayton Fire Co was used to set up the LZ and traffic control. NY state police were also on location. Once Again Our Amkus Rescue System helped save a life in a very difficult situation.

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