A single car MVC in the 7900 block of Ritter Road south of Walterboro SC, sent a 55 year old Green Pond woman to the trauma center. At 19:37 on Thursday afternoon 26-May, a caller reported the accident advising a car left the roadway and overturned. The caller advised he could not locate the patient and thought they might have been ejected. A Colleton Sheriff’s Deputy arrived moments later and advised the driver was trapped inside the car.

Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue Medic 6 went on-scene a few minutes later, noting the vehicle had heavy damage and was over-turned in the ditch. Apparently the westbound car left the roadway and struck a driveway culvert on the eastbound side of the road. The driveway caused the car to become airborne. It then struck an oak tree approximately six feet off the ground before flipping over in the ditch. The female driver was heavily entrapped inside. She was in critical condition, suffering from multiple traumatic injuries.

Firefighter-Paramedics forced entry into the vehicle and began administering care. Other crewmembers stabilized the car and used Holmatro Rescue tools to remove the driver’s side doors, “B” post, steering wheel, and front seat. The patient was immobilized and extricated with spinal precautions. The extrication took approximately 20 minutes. She was transported directly to the trauma center at the Medical University in Charleston by Fire-Rescue Medic 6 with additional firefighter-paramedics assisting with her care. Traffic in the area of the accident was blocked for an hour. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 2, Medic 6, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 107 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

overturned car from crash

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overturned car from crash

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firemen cut driver from car

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firemen cut driver from car

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Lake Zurich (IL) firefighters were called to 3160 Louise Court in Hawthorn Woods Wednesday night (5/25/16) for a house fire. A series of heavy thunderstorms were moving through the area at the time. First arriving units reported smoke showing and pushing out from the eaves in front. Fire soon vented through the roof and interior companies made an aggressive attack knocking down the majority of the fire quickly. The alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm bringing mutual aid from close to a dozen neighboring departments.

flames through roof of house at night

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hose ramps at fire scene

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lake Zurich fire engine at fire scene

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Wauconda FD tower ladder working at fire scene

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Pierce tower ladder working at fire scene

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Pierce tower ladder at fire scene in rain storm

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Countryside FPD Fire Chief Jeff Steiingart

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aftermath of attic fire

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Shaun Unell at fire scene

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A few minutes before 0500 hrs on Sunday morning (5/22), a working fire response was sent to 6514 S. Ellis Avenue.  Engine 63 arrived moments later and confirmed they had a fire.  Engine 60 took the alley and used their deck gun on fully-involved back porches, knocking down most of the exterior fire.  The 5th Battalion reported he had a 3-story, 75×100 apartment building and requested a still and box.  One family was trapped in a third floor apartment and had to be rescued down ground ladders moments before Paramedic Field Chief 4-5-8 requested an EMS Plan I.   Fire did get into the rear of several apartments but was controlled fairly quickly.  I spent most of my time shooting the rescues so very little firefighting images from the rear on this one.  I am unsure if anyone was actually transported from this incident although it did appear that all members of the family were in relatively good condition.  It was apparent that working smoke detectors were in the building but it is unknown if that is what alerted the family to the fire.

Eric Haak

Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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firefighter overhauls rear porches

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Chicago firefighters rescue victims with ladders

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Northbrook (IL) firefighters responded to an accident Saturday afternoon (5/21/16) in the intersection of Dundee and Waukegan Roads for a collision between a car and a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was thrown through the car’s windshield and was alert when he was transported to Lutheran General Hospital after being extricated.

Tim Olk

firemen extricate motorcycle rider after crash

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firefighters immobilize  crash victim on backb

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firefighters immobilize  crash victim on backb

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fire department at crash site involving motorcycle

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motorcycle after crash

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North Maine FPD companies responded just after 9AM this morning (5/19/16) to 9955 Linda Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines for an explosion. What is being called a gas explosion caused significant damage to a three-story building. A TRT Box Alarm was requested to the 3rd level for technicians and an EMS Box Alarm was pulled as a precaution. One firefighter and one civilian were reported to be transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

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aftermath of building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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