Specialist equipment used to rescue man from hillside

Saturday 20th December 2014 – 6.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Polaris 6x6 vehicle

Specialist equipment was required for ambulance staff to rescue a man from a hillside in Stourbridge this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a wooded location at Kinver Edge, Kinver, shortly after 2pm. A Community First Responder (CFR) and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man, believed to be in his 60s, who had collapsed on a hillside after suffering a medical incident.

“It is unknown how long the man had been on the hillside for but the CFR in attendance quickly began assessing the man and started the rewarming process as he was suffering from hypothermia.

“Due to the man’s difficult location, the HART team decided to utilise their six-wheel drive Polaris vehicle to get near the patient.

“Once his condition had been stabilised, they were able to use the same vehicle to transport the man off the hillside and to the awaiting ambulance, in which he was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.”

Ends.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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