At approximately 6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd, Peters Township Fire, Police, and EMS were alerted for a female experiencing a medical emergency on the trail around Peters Lake Park. Units responded immediately and confirmed that the patient was located well over 1,000 feet into the wooded trail.
While on-duty Peters Fire personnel responded to the scene, additional firefighters back-filled our station and responded to the scene with our UTV. The UTV (pictured right) is a Kubota RTV that was purchased in 2013 and upfitted in-house by our firefighters. It features advanced lighting, a patient compartment for transporting injured persons, and is designed specifically for navigating rough and uneven terrains. With the use of the UTV, firefighters made their way through the woods, clearing brush and debris along the way while Peters EMS tended to the patient next to the lake. Fire & EMS crews specially packaged the patient, secured her to the patient compartment of the UTV, and extricated her from the woods to a waiting ambulance. As personnel gathered equipment to clear the scene, one firefighter/EMT assisted EMS with transporting to a local Emergency Room.
While returning from the hospital, Peters Emergency crews were dispatched for a possible three-vehicle accident with injuries on Sugarcamp Road, in the area of Quail Run. Police arrived on the scene and reported a single-vehicle accident with injuries. PTFD's Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Rescue 64, and Wagon 64 responded with rescue and EMS personnel aboard. Units arrived to find one vehicle into a tree with heavy damage and one occupant injured. Fire crews stabilized the vehicle, blocked the roadway, and controlled hazards while EMS provided patient care.
Finally, as units were clearing this scene, all three agencies were dispatched for an additional three-vehicle accident with injuries on Washington Road in front of Dollar Bank. Firefighters that had backfilled Station 64-1 on East McMurray Road while the other units were at the first accident were able to handle this incident with the assistance of Rescue 64 that responded from the first accident.
Through the detailed tracking and interpretation of data on a monthly and annual basis, we've found that upwards of 25% of our incidents overlap. Therefore, while our on-duty staff is on the scene of an emergency, there's a 1-in-4 chance that we will receive an additional call. It is imperative that our volunteer and career firefighters respond from their homes while off-duty, so that we are able to respond to the next call that comes in. We appreciate the extreme dedication and ownership of our crews that allow us to provide exceptional care for our community!
Please remind your loved ones, especially teen drivers, that distracted driving can be fatal. Maintaining awareness while operating a motor vehicle is essential to everyone - including you, your neighbors, and first responders.