Three people rescued from high water on 38th Street.
Friday afternoon an expansive storm front swept over the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area creating the unending breaking news weather coverage. Among the notable reports of drivers stranded and vehicles abandoned in high water is the rescue of three teenagers in Mount Ranier.
During the evening, a resident saw three young men in the water at the Nortwest Branch and the 38th Street bridge. Companies in the 4th Battalion and the department's Technical Services Team, including water rescue boats responded. Once on the scene a rescue operation was organized. Utilizing Truck 1's aerial ladder, Firefighter Joe Ford of Rescue Squad 6 was lowered 25 feet to the teenagers. Ford explained the rescue plan to each teen and then, with assitance from firefighters on the bridge, each was raised to safety. All the teenagers were treated for hypothermia by paramedics on the scene and transported to a local hospital.
Video of the 38th Street rescue is from Chief's Aide Paul Hawkins. Photos are courtesty of PIO Mark Brady. View more photos here.
During the month of May, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com's editorial focus was on technical rescue. Below are some of the various articles from that month and more that discuss the risk, management and other features of these complex operations.
Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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