A busy day for emergency personnel
Emergency responders in the Baddeck area were kept busy on Monday, August 12. Pictured left: A 70+ woman is airlifted to hospital in a Life Flight helicopter from the Crown Jewel airstrip in Big Baddeck. At approximately 10:45am, an alarm was answered by EMS paramedics, RCMP officers, members of the Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD), and staff of Dept of Natural Resources, in response to the woman who had fallen in excess of thirty feet along the wall face of Usige Ban Falls onto rocks beside the river.
BVFD spokesperson Dan Chiasson, who was on the scene of the accident, said EMS paramedics did an excellent job of preparing and securing the patient for removal to the awaiting helicopter. BVFD provided the rescue stretcher which was carried by a crew of 8 with all responders, representing the various agencies, helping in turn to carry her out. BVFD member Charles Garland carried out all of the EMS gear on his 4x4, allowing everyone else to concentrate on removal of the injured person by foot. The current condition of the woman is unknown.
Pictured right: Two hours later, Fire, EHS and RCMP responded to a call at the Three Doors Down diner off Chebucto Street where a man in his late 80’s drove an SUV into the front window of the restaurant. No one was seriously hurt during the incident, but the building suffered significant damage to the outside wall. The diner was closed for the remainder of the day while crews extracted the vehicle and made emergency repairs to the wall.