Fire department responds to two ‘off-road’ rescues

Firefighter Joseph Rainis assesses damage and makes the vehicle safe for extrication by the recovery team after a crash while off-roading Saturday, April 20, sent three of four occupants to the hospital. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

Firefighter Joseph Rainis assesses damage and makes the vehicle safe for extrication by the recovery team after a crash while off-roading Saturday, April 20, sent three of four occupants to the hospital. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to two off-road rescues on opposite ends of town within minutes of each other on April 20.

The first incident was located on the hiking trails in the lake Mohegan Open Space, where Engine Three and Ladder Two responded to a report of a hiker needing assistance at 3:26 p.m. Medical Emergency was in the area of the north section of the open space park.

Rescuers, under the command of Lt. Phil Higgins, were able to quickly access the location of the patient with the help of hikers in the area and the visual recognition of land marks located in the area provided by the telecommunicators at Fairfield’s Emergency Communications Center.

Minutes later, at 3:30 p.m., Engine Four, Ladder One and Car 3 responded to a reported auto accident in the woods by an officer of the Connecticut State Police that could be seen from the highway. This incident was locatedapproximately half a mile west of Westway Road in the woods between Interstate 95 and the Metro-North railroad tracks.

A pickup truck off-roading with four adult males, all residents of Fairfield, struck a tree. The vehicle had extensive front-end damage, and three of the adult males suffered severe injuries. Medical attention was provided by personnel of Engine Four and Ladder One under the direction of Lt. James Shiller. The three patients were taken to local area hospitals by American Medical Response.

The vehicle was stabilized by the personnel of Ladder One. It appears the vehicle made access to the wooded area from an opening on Westway Road.  Metro-North Railroad was advised of the units operating in the area of the tracks.

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