On Monday, July 29, 2019, 11:27 am, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, responding as mutual aid to the Betterton Volunteer Fire Company, operated on the High Angle Rescue in Lynch, Maryland. The location was at the Perdue Farms Grain Facility, 11545 Lynch Road. A worker, located some 85 feet above ground level, had collapsed and was reported as unconscious. As part of the initial response, the Kent County, Delaware High Angle Rescue Team was also requested.
When units arrived, the initial assessment of the situation indicated a potential challenge to easily remove the patient from their location. As a precaution, in order to save time, Maryland State Police Aviation was requested in case an aerial hoist operation was necessary. Using Chestertown VFC’s Tower 6, crews were able to safely, efficiently and quickly rescue the individual from their elevated position. As a result, Maryland State Police Aviation and the Delaware High Angle Rescue Team was canceled.
A member of the Delaware High Angle Rescue Team arrived at location ahead of the rest of the team. He deployed an advanced technology drone to capture aerial surveillance of the operation. This material can be useful during the post-incident critique.
The patient was treated at the scene and subsequently transferred to the University of Maryland, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The condition of the patient is not known.
Chestertown VFC personnel operated at this incident for just under two (2) hours.
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Nevin Steffy and Tucker Dempsey