Incident 23/2012

At 13:27 today, experienced team member Dave Marsh sent a radio message to base regarding an unfolding incident very near to where he lived in Darcy Lever, Bolton.

Dave was just about to go out to walk his dogs when the North West Air Ambulance landed very near by to his house. Dave offered his assistance to the air crew, which was accepted.

Approximately 400 metres away, at the rear of a house on Wheatfield Street, a 999 call had been made earlier with regards to a male who had apparently fallen from scaffolding, suffering serious injuries in the process.

Helimed lifts from the scene with the injured patient on board

Due to the nature of his injuries, the North West Air Ambulance was called and landed in a nearby small field off Clayton Street.

With the knowledge that some team members were working at base, Dave called on the team and asked them to respond, as he knew that a short carry over fences and gates would be required to get the casualty from Clayton Street and onto the Air Ambulance.

In consulation with the NWAS Manchester Emergency Control Centre and at the request of the Helimed crew on scene, two team vehicles responded from our Ladybridge Hall Base/HQ to provide extra hands for the short carry, arriving at the scene at 13:42.

With Dave assisting the crew with the carry, and two team members marshalling the footpaths surrounding the aircraft, Helimed departed the scene with the patient on board at 13:53.