Melbourne Fire Department Performs Elevated Rescue
On January 8, the Melbourne Fire Department came to the aid of an injured roofer using a technique called “elevated rescue,” which involves removing a patient from a roof using a ladder truck. In this situation it was much safer and faster to get the injured roofer to safety via elevated rescue than to pick him up, place him through a window and then carry him down the interior staircase of the building. Elevated rescue is not something our fire fighters are called to do often. However, more than 80 out of 129 of our first responders have the required training in rope operations that is necessary to safely conduct an elevated rescue so that they are ready to respond whenever it is required.