Saturday, October 26, 2013

Patient is carried out from trail of Rocky Face Park

Alexander Rescue Squad and Vashti Fire Dept. members use a device known as "The Wheel" attached to a Stokes basket to retrieve a teenage boy who had a medical emergency on a trail at Rocky Face Park on Oct. 25, 2013.


Updated: Oct. 26, 6:35 pm


Medical emergency at Rocky Face Park
necessitates Rescue Squad carryout

   A high school field trip to Rocky Face Park took a serious turn when one youth had a medical emergency while hiking one of the park's trails.

   It was observed that students and teachers from Alexander Central High School were on the Grindstone Trail inside the park when one student had breathing difficulty. Alexander County EMS, Alexander Rescue Squad, and Vashti Fire Department members responded to the park. As a paramedic hiked in to the boy, who was about 3/4 mile from the parking area, Rescue Squad members readied an ATV and special trailer to perform the carryout operation to retrieve the patient, as he was unable to walk out on his own.

   According to Alexander Rescue Squad Captain Terry Foxx, the boy is 15 years old.

Special device used for rough terrain

   Rescue and Vashti Fire members brought the boy out of the woods using a special device made by Foxx which quickly mounts a detachable V-shaped frame with a large wheel and tire (nicknamed "The Wheel") beneath a Stokes basket. It is used for manuvering an immobile patient over rough terrain. The trail was so rife with narrow switchbacks that bringing the ATV and trailer combination directly to the boy was not feasible. Thus, the "Wheel" device came in especially handy in this rescue mission. Foxx noted that he had seen commercially made versions of the device and decided he could fashion one for the Squad, which he did awhile ago.

The student was treated by EMS at the Park.

    "ACHS teachers reacted quickly to the situation and 911 was called immediately. The Vashti Fire Department’s First Responders, EMS, and the Alexander County Rescue Squad responded, were prepared for the terrain, and were able to get to the student in a timely matter.  Everyone communicated thoroughly and we are thankful the young man is okay," said Alisha Stamey, Park Ranger for Rocky Face Park.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trick-or-Treat with Alexander Rescue Squad

The members of Alexander Rescue Squad would like to invite you to bring your ghost's and goblins by our station on Halloween night, October 31st, from 6-9 pm for Trick-or-Treat, and to check out our trucks and equipment. Our station is located at 197 Emergency Street in Taylorsville behind the police department. Get more information about our event by liking our page on Facebook, and join the event by clicking on the following link: . We hope to see you all there.

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