Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, December 17th, the volunteer firefighters were called to a motor vehicle accident on the Palisades Parkway Southbound, just north of Exit 6 during the morning commute at approximately 8:15am. The initial reports indicated a person was trapped inside their car. Numerous phone calls to 44 Control continued to reiterate this information.
Orangeburg's Chief, Chris Jackson, arrived on the scene in less than 3 minutes and his size up stated a two vehicle accident with one confirmed entrapment in the SUV. Both vehicles were off the shoulder in a wooded area.
Chief Jackson requested that 2nd assistant Chief Pete Byrne to assume the Command/Operations role and Chief Jackson would have direct oversight of the extrication. Orangeburg's EQ arrived on the scene, and under the directions of Chief Jackson, removed the roof of the SUV and performed the complete removal of the driver's side door, including what is known as a third door procedure. This allowed the EMS/SOAC/Medic 21 personnel complete access to the victim.
The volunteers from Blauvelt were also dispatched on the original call and the crew from their Rescue worked alongside Orangeburg's personnel.
The victim was extricated and was transported by Ambulance to the hospital.
A signal 11 was announced at approximately 8:40am,
Crews returned to their respective fire stations.
11-1 Orangeburg Chief
11-2 Orangeburg 2nd Assistant Chief
1-3 Blauvelt Captain
44-7 RC Deputy Fire Coordinator