On Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 6:37 p.m., units were dispatched for a person stuck in an elevator in the 1700 block of Tysons Boulevard in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.
Units from Fire Station 29, Tysons Corner, arrived on scene, located the elevator and found it to be 35 feet below the 11th floor landing in a blind shaft. Contact was made with the occupant who reported no injuries. Power was controlled to the elevator and a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response was requested.
An elevator technician arrived and took control of surrounding elevator cars. A plan was devised to lower another elevator car down to the stalled car and remove the individual through the roof hatch. Several crew members went to the 12th floor and set up a lowering system for occupant removal. Two personnel went with the elevator technician to the stalled elevator car and made access to the individual through the roof hatch, secured him in a harness and safely moved him into the “rescue” elevator car.
The “rescue” car descended to the lobby where the occupant was assessed by EMS crews as a precaution.
On Saturday, April 1, at approximately 8:41 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a construction worker who had fallen approximately eight-feet from a ladder.
A medic unit from Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, arrived on scene and quickly learned that the patient was on the fifth floor with limited access. The crew requested assistance and the incident was upgraded to an above ground rescue with a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response. This brought additional crews from Fire Station 21, as well as Fire Station 18 (Jefferson) and Fire Station 40 (Fairfax Center).
Firefighters found the patient on a flat roof section of the fifth floor. It was determined that the patient had fallen more than 12-feet from the sixth floor roof. A rope rescue operation was needed to extract the patient safely. Once crews stabilized the patient, he was placed into a stokes basket and lowered down a ladder to the fourth floor. The building had no interior stairs so crews transferred the patient from a fourth floor balcony to the bucket of Fire Station 40’s Tower Truck and lowered him to the ground.
The patient was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
By: Captain Matthew Burns
Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, C-Shift
Recently, technical rescue team members from all three shifts, and all four technical rescue stations, spent time at the Lorton training site participating in the technical rescue monthly training drill. January’s structural drill focused on advanced torch work and crane operations/load rigging.
The torch work portion consisted of practicing with our cutting torches on steel I beams, 1 inch plate steel and steel cables. Our heavy rigging operations involved evaluating different types of material consisting of steel, concrete pipes, a car, a steel structural beam and estimating their weights prior to using a crane. The crane was then utilized to unstack and then restack the variety of materials in a new puzzle for the next crew.
It is important we keep our various skill sets sharp so that we are ready to respond locally, or afar, to a variety of unique emergency situations.