No Elevator? No Problem! Crews Use Crane To Rescue Construction Worker From Sixth Floor

By: Captain II Wayne Whetsell
Station 29, Tysons Corner, B-Shift

On Monday, September 10, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Engine and Medic 429, Tysons Corner, were dispatched for a medical emergency at a construction site in the 8300 block of Westpark Drive. Units arrived on-scene and were escorted to the sixth floor of a building under construction. Crews located an adult male in the stairwell between floors five and six.

While the medic crew assessed the patient, I worked with the construction site supervisor to determine the best way to remove the patient. It was quickly determined that there was no working elevator and the stairwell was too narrow and full of construction debris to remove the patient via that route. Truck 429 was requested in anticipation of conducting a stokes operation to remove the patient.

Once Medic 429’s crew determined that the patient had to be removed lying down, due to his condition, our team worked with the site supervisor to utilize the sky crane to move the stokes to the roof for patient removal. Under the command of Lieutenant Slepetz, Truck 429’s crew arrived on the roof and safely secured the patient in the stokes basket.

Units communicated directly with the sky crane operator and safely removed the patient to the ground. A paramedic from Truck 429 rode on the side of the stokes basket to the ground with the patient to continue administering aid. The patient was then transferred to Medic 429 for transport to an area hospital.