New Orleans Fire Department: NOFD and NOEMS rescue victim from cargo hull

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New Orleans Fire Department Press Release:

12 October 2021

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5:34 p.m., New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) were dispatched to what was originally described as a medical incident at the dock in Poland Ave. Arriving at the scene at 5:40 p.m., first responders were directed to an adult male who had fallen approximately 60 feet into the hull of a cargo. A full contingent of an alarm from NOFD fire and rescue operations personnel was requested at the scene at 5:45 p.m. The firefighters carried out what can best be described as a “technical rescue at height”. This procedure required firefighters to push themselves back into the ship’s hull, with a backboard and other rescue equipment in tow, before pulling the victim to the safety of the ship’s deck. The victim, a longshoreman working on the ship at the time, was conscious, alert and communicating with first responders throughout the rescue. A fractured right arm was the only injury confirmed before the victim was transported to a local hospital by NOEMS staff for further observation.

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Eight NOFD units carrying twenty-three fire and rescue operations personnel were dispatched to this incident. All units were returned, and the incident brought under control at 6:24 p.m. Port police at the Port of New Orleans also helped mitigate this incident.

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Call received: 5:34 p.m.

Sent: 17:34

On stage: 5:40 p.m.

1 alarm requested: 5.45 p.m.

Under control: 6:24 p.m.

NOFD units: 8

NOFD staff: 23

Victims: 1 adult man / broken right arm


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