Alan’s Diary – 2nd Callout 11.7.09
We arrived quickly to a house with a large garden in a wooded area. As we pulled in, there was a potentially horrific scene, of several ambulances, a steep ravine and a discarded chainsaw! Darren, our Team Leader, headed over to find out what had happened and what we needed to do.
Fortunately, the incident wasn’t a Chainsaw accident. It was still bad though. The garden was bordered by a steep gully, with a small river running through the bottom. A tree surgeon had been carrying a heavy log at the top of the gully and had slipped and tumbled to the bottom.
We assembled the stretcher, entered the gully at a shallower point further down and splashed our way up to the incident site. When we arrived the man was being looked after by the Paramedics. He was sat up, and receiving Oxygen therapy, but looking decidedly pail. We manoeuvred him on to the stretcher and the Paramedic gave him a final check over. He worked his way down the man’s body, double checking for injuries. When he got to his pelvis, there was a sudden “Aarrgh”, from the man. It looked like a potential fractured pelvis. This would need careful handling on the way out. To be fair to the man, this is a seriously painful injury and he was managing to handle it with only Entonox.
We gently carried him back down the stream and up the bank to the waiting Ambulance. It was a short rescue and thankfully, as we were close, we were able get him out quickly.