At about 6:30 pm Wednesday evening, Truck 57 was alerted to assist the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company on a high angle rescue of a male stuck about 40′ up in a tree hanging from a harness. First in units arrived and began working to extricate the subject.
Truck 57 arrived and worked on “plan B”, which was to get the aerial in as close as we could to possibly get to the subject. A few small trees were removed and the attempt in the soft, damp ground was made. The Truck got in almost to where it could be utilized before starting to spin. Cribbing was then laid down by lifting the truck with the jacks to try to get a few more feet of forward movement. At this time, the subject was lowered to the ground and we then worked on removing the truck (which we did).
Thanks to the members of Willow Street Fire Co who helped with cribbing and working to try to get the truck into a rescue position. Sometimes you have to try to do something and not wait for the most ideal conditions. This was one of those times. Fortunately, there was minimal damage to the rig (one under-body light bracket was bent but fixed upon return to station).
Great work to all involved, especially to Deputy Chief 58. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim. More info can be found here: