Fla. FFs rescue man trapped 150 feet above ground

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said training helped them make the rescue effort a success

By Leila Merrill

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department lowered a man who was trapped 150 above the ground on a large crane to safety Tuesday, News4JAX reported.

The man became stuck after a lift he was on was pinned more than 12 stories above ground.

JFRD spokesman Eric Prosswimmer said that members of the technical rescue team set up a system and put the patient in a half back stabilization harness. They then “slid him through some rails onto rope and lowered him – with a JFRD member -- down to another level. On the lower level, they transferred him to a basket dangling from an extended fire truck ladder for the rest of the trip down,” the TV station reported.

The high-angle rescue took more than an hour.

“We’re not in a rush. We don’t want anyone else to get hurt,” Prosswimmer said. “I think they’re going to be alright. No major injuries, which we’re thankful for. It enabled us to move at our pace to slow things down and be smart and make sure everybody was safe.”

The man waved to crewmembers before a JFRD ambulance transported him to a local hospital to be checked on.


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