LAKE CITY FIRE COMPANY, Pennsylvania
Off-Road Res-Q ATV &
OHV Rescue News:
January 15, 2009
"A Busy Year for the Lake City Fire Company!"
When Lake City Fire Company in northwestern Pennsylvania
purchased their new 'All Terrain Res-Q Trailer' in March 2008, they knew it would be a useful addition to their Kawasaki Trans4X4
3010 Mule off-road rescue vehicle. But, no one figured on 7 dispatches for off-road responses in their area, including:
3 patient transports, 2 cancels, 1 special event stand-by, and 1 water rescue / turned recovery in just nine months with
this new equipment. It was Lake City's most recent dispatch that turned into a body recovery mission.
Most of us were safe and warm
at home enjoying the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV the morning of November 27, 2008, at 10:00 AM. About that time, Lake
City FC units were dispatched to reports of "A man down near the Elk Creek tubes." The "tubes" are
large concrete and steel 30-Ft. diameter culverts that allow the waters of Elk Creek to flow under an elevated earthen railroad
trestle as they flow north into Lake Erie. LCFC Squad 577, Rescue 579, West County Paramedics, and Utility 566 with
the Mule and Res-Q trailer responded to the call.
was an area off North Creek Road near the railroad tracks, about a quarter mile southeast of the scene. While the first-in
rescue crew made its' way to the trestle and down the embankment, Utility 566 unloaded the Mule and Res-Q trailer. LCFC
rescue personnel found the patient on the bank, inside one of the tubes, displaying no signs of life, and obvious signs
of death. As such, this rescue was reclassified a recovery mission. Considering the remote location of the body,
LCFC's personnel prepared for a difficult removal.
second-in crew donned water rescue PPE and set up a rapid deployment craft (RDC), with a basket stretcher, for transport to
the creek access by the Mule and Res-Q trailer. A 3 member RDC crew entered the icy waters and made there way to the
victim still inside the culvert. They loaded and secured the victim in the basket stretcher, then loaded the stretcher
onto the RDC for transport downstream where the Mule and ResQ trailer had staged.
Once on shore, the RDC crew transferred the basket stretcher with the victim to the Res-Q trailer. Then, the
4 passenger Mule transported the 3 member RDC and crew, the victim, and a Paramedic back to the staging area. For more
images of this very successful and safe recovery, please Click Here
The 25 member "all volunteer"
Lake City Fire Company is located on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie. These dedicated Fire-Rescue and EMS professionals
donate their time to train and respond, year round, to calls like this. 'All Terrain Res-Q' is proud to be a part
of this organization!
more info call:
Mike Brady at 859-359-4502,
Email us at:
Posted: Oct. 22, 2009
Check out this WJET-TV news video of Lake City's Mule and 'All
Terrain Res-Q' hauling two girls from a water rescue
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Eldred Boro Fire Department, Pennsylvania
Off-Road Res-Q ATV & OHV
Posted: January 30, 2009
Eldred Boro FD 'Rescue
45' and 'All Terrain Res-Q Trailer' Completes Mutual Aid Off-Road Rescue Mission Despite
Icy Roads and Apparatus Breakdown!
Almost three years to the
day after Eldred Borough FD, Station - 4, McKean County, PA, received their 'All
Terrain Res-Q' off-road patient transport trailer, Eldred's 'Rescue 45' was dispatched
to assist Port Allegany FD and Port Area Ambulance at the scene of a snowmobile accident. Another mutual aid call, Eldred
Boro FD personnel hitched their 18-Ft. long off-road rescue equipment hauler to 'Utility 44'
and responded to an area of snowmobile trails at the end of Two Mile Road, 13 miles away in Annin Township.
The 911 caller, a witness to the accident, did not know their exact location
on the trails. So, the Mckean County 911 Dispatch Center traced the cell phone signal using 'Enhanced
911' to determine the scene was located on a trail, a half mile off the nearest paved road. Unfortunately,
icy road conditions prevented first responders from reaching the closest access to the trail. So, staging was established
at the bottom of a hill, 1.5 miles away. Upon arrival of the first in rescue, Port Allegany FD 'Rescue
38' deployed their crew and medical equipment. However, transportation to the accident scene was provided by
two private citizens on snowmobiles.
Eldred's 'Utility 44' hauling 'Rescue 45' and the 'All Terrain Res-Q Trailer' were confronted with an emergency of their own. The turbo on
'Utility 44' blew and the F-550 brush truck towing the off-road rescue equipment hauler
came to a halt about 2 miles from staging. However, quick thinking 'Rescue 45' members
dropped the hauler's ramp door and finished the remainder of their emergency response on board their 'Arctic
Cat' 650 Prowler UTV with the ResQ trailer in tow. Further complicating
the response was an air temperature of just 7 degrees, combined with travel at close to highway speeds, without the benefit
of a windshield!
Upon arrival at staging of
Eldred 'Rescue 45' and the patient transport trailer,
their crew was directed to the snowmobile trail access point. However, to access the trail, 'Rescue
45' had to climb a steep icy hill and cross a 3-Ft. high snow barrier. Once on the trail, 'Rescue
45' encountered several humps and bumps as they made their way to the accident scene and Port Allegany FD 'Rescue 38's' patient. After a quick "Load-and-Go" evolution, the patient was transported almost 2 miles back
to the staging area, and care was transferred to Port Area Ambulance and Medic
16 personnel. As ALS care was initiated by Medic
16, the patient was transported to an LZ where 'STAT - 9 MedEvac' was waiting. After loading the patient on-board the helicopter, all
Fire Department units returned to service.
the proper training, equipment, cooperation
and pre-planing for off-road missions like this, the victim may not have made it off this remote
snowmobile trail alive. The combined efforts of McKean County 911 Dispatch Center, the
Port Allegany Fire Department, Port Area Ambulance
and Medic 16, the Eldred Borough Fire Department and Rescue 45, plus the STAT-9 MedEvac crew,
and 'All Terrain Res-Q' made it happen!