CLEARVIEW – Clearview Fire & Emergency Services responded to a reported high angle rescue at 8:22 pm on June 20, 2015 in the area of Concession 10 and 15/16 Side Road (Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area).
The initial information provide to Barrie Fire Control from the caller on scene, determined that additional resources from Barrie Fire and Emergency Service would be needed. Four trucks with fourteen technical rescue personnel and Deputy Chief of Operations, Bill Boyes responded.
Clearview Fire & Emergency Services arrived on scene with four trucks, an ATV, 10 personnel and Fire Chief, Colin Shewell. Upon arrival the crew were advised that an individual was trapped in a crevasse approximately 12m down vertically and 6m horizontal from the opening. The patient was not visible to rescuers. The conditions down in the crevasse were cold with snow and ice.
Crews from Barrie Fire arrived and initiated technical rescue operations. Clearview Fire assisted with shuttling personnel and setting up equipment such as heaters, water and food for patient. Once it was determined that additional rescuers were required, the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) was contacted and eight technical rescue technicians responded. These personnel also form part of the Provincial HUSAR (Heavy Urban Search and Rescue) team from Toronto.
Toronto Fire arrived with two trucks, eight personnel and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Pegg. After an initial briefing between all agencies, rescue operations commenced with Barrie Fire Technical Rescue and Toronto Technical Rescue teams working side by side.
County of Simcoe Paramedics had Advanced Care Paramedics, Supervisors and Chief Andrew Robert on scene and the EMS crews monitored the first responders throughout the rescue operation.
The Incident Command Structure worked exceptionally well with multiple agencies working together to affect the rescue under one unified command. Clearview Fire, Barrie Fire, Toronto Fire, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Ontario Provincial Police used a team effort towards a successful outcome in an extremely challenging rescue situation.
One patient was extricated from the deep crevasse and transported from the scene to a waiting ambulance by the County of Simcoe Paramedics specialty vehicle. The patient was assessed on scene and transported to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. At the time of the rescue, he was conscious and stable.
As Clearview Fire Chief, I want to thank Barrie Fire, Toronto Fire, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, Ontario Provincial Police, Stayner Tim Horton’s, Stayner Rental and local residents, Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, the Ontario Mine Rescue Team (stood down) and Clearview Fire personnel.
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For more information, contact:
Colin Shewell, Fire Chief
(705) 428-6230 x 403