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Colo. first responders rescue worker in construction site fall

A rope rescue system was setup to retrieve a Colorado Springs worker that suffered a medical emergency and fell

The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A construction site employee was rescued downtown after a fall that left the person unconscious, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Crews received reports around 7:10 a.m. of a fall at the construction site near the intersection of Weber and Cimarron streets, said Ashley Franco, fire department spokesperson.

According to the department, multiple fire units responded to the scene including engine one, truck one, battalion one, a fire medical lieutenant, and a special operations drone.

It was determined by officials on the scene the patient had suffered a medical emergency and had fallen roughly three feet from a block on the roof of the construction site.

Using a set of “make-shift” stairs, crews were able to walk up to the person. Due to the surrounding terrain, it was deemed unsafe to extricate the person on foot, Franco said.

Utilizing a “pick” method with fire engine one, the patient was placed on a backboard and into a Stokes medical basket which was then hooked up to the engine’s ladder using a rope rigging system.

“The patient was maneuvered up and over scaffolding, and lowered right to the ambulance,” Franco said.

According to fire officials, the rescue took roughly 45 minutes. The patient was transferred to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition.

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