The Probie's first duty tour...
July 3rd was the first official tour of duty for my new Probationary Firefighter. She arrived at the station at 5:30, and I told her where she would be riding, what bunkroom was hers, about the group and how we work together, etc. etc. etc.
At 6:05 PM, Engine 2 and the Rescue were toned out for a reported motor vehicle accident on Interstate 495 Southbound, North of 290. Multiple calls were received reporting a rollver with entrapment. Since that section of I 495 is right on the Marlborough/Hudson/Northborough and Berlin city and town lines, units from all 4 FD's were dispatched. Engine 2 requested Engine 1's response, so 5 minutes into the tour, the Probie caught her first offical incident. 4 pumpers, three rescues, three ambulances and Boston MedFlight responded ( LifeFlight was unavailable)
One person was trapped in the vehicle (a 2002 Ford Expedition), the roof was removed, the steering wheel pulled and the doors popped off for access. There were 4 other "walking wounded" that were treated at the scene. Marlborough and Hudson FD personnel handled patient care and extrication while Berlin covereds the LZ on the southbound lane after the State Police shut the highway down.
It took about 35 minutes to extricate the patient from the SUV, All went by ground transport to UMass Medical Center in Worcester (MedFlight kicked up some debris from rotor wash on landing and cracked one of the windscrrens.. they could fly, but due to safety protocols not with a patient aboard.. I can imagine what a windscreen for a Eurocopter Dauphin costs! :eek: )
The Probie did good! That was our only call for the tour, but she got a little of everything on that one call!