Paramedic rescues patient from burning vehicle

Sunday 3rd May 2015 – 6.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.


A man has been rescued from a burning vehicle by a community paramedic following a single vehicle collision near to Brierley Hill this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Smithys Lane and Coopers Bank Road in Pensnett shortly before 4.10pm and sent an ambulance, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A car left the road and ended up in a ditch shortly after passing a community paramedic who was travelling in the opposite direction.

“Having seen the incident in his mirrors, the paramedic quickly turned around to check on the welfare of the single occupant in the car, a man believed to be in his 50s.

“The front end of the car had suffered significant damage and flames were instantly visible from the bonnet.

“The decision was quickly made to drag the man clear of the vehicle and to safety on a nearby grass verge. Shortly after getting the man to the grass verge, the entire car became engulfed in flames. The fire service was quickly on scene to put the fire out.

“The man was assessed by crews and found to be suffering a reduced level of consciousness. He was treated for a head injury and transported to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.”


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