Star Award

Gowanda Volunteer Fire Dept

Gowanda, New York

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Date of Incident:

10/25/2014

People Involved in Providing Assistance to Incident:

  • Tim Twichell FF Captain, Tool Operator
  • Steve Raiport FF, Chief 2,support, IC
  • Randy Campbell FF,Tool Operator
  • Al Conklin, Cribbing
  • Drew Carriero FF , support
  • Mike Crouse Jr, FF support
  • Josh Miskel FF, support
  • Hunter Simmons FF,support

Description of Incident:

At 2:20 A.M. The Gowanda Fire Dept was requested to North Road for mutual aid extrication by the Versailles Fire Company. A car had rolled over into a telephone pole and ditch and landed on its roof.

Gowanda had been on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in its district and had a crew ready to respond from that scene to the accident several miles away. At least four patients were involved, one female was heavily trapped between the crushed roof and seats.

When crews arrived with Gowanda Rescue 7 cribbing was started and an assessment made regarding the best way to remove the patient. Crews used a Pre-connected hydraulic spreader and large cutter to spread and cut both drivers side doors hinges and b-post to remove them. A ram was deployed and a strut was used to stabilize the car as the patient was carefully placed on a backboard and slid out of the small space she was trapped in.

A water filled ditch, leaking gasoline and heavy brush were all factors that responders had to deal with on this difficult job. Total extrication time was 28 minutes. Several mutual aid ambulances from various districts and two Mercy Flight Helicopters transported the victims. Perrysburg FD and Lawtons FD also assisted on this call.

Gowanda was cleared from the scene to return to the previous accident scene at 3:05 A.M.

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