Monday, March 5, 2007

Snowmobile Rescue

These photos are from a recent snowmobile rescue in Somerset. As snowmobiling continues to gain popularity, local rescue units are called to more off-road winter accidents every year. Crowded trails, inexperienced riders, sudden changes in weather and trail conditions, and a lack of familiarity with the area, may be contributing factors to the increase in snowmobiling accidents. The snowmobile club in the tiny town of Woodford, just to the south and west of Somerset, is the largest such club in the country.
This accident occured on the Glastonbury road, a remote area of an already remote part of the Green Mountain National Forest.
The Wilmington Fire Rescue Sled Team was called in to remove the patient from the scene of the accident to the ambulance waiting on the main Somerset road. Fire rescue EMTs provide patient evaluation and care at the scene.
The sled team gets ready to head out on the trail, with rescue litter in tow.

The rescue litter is covered to protect the patient from snow and cold wind.

Returing from the scene of the accident, patient in tow.

Fire rescue personnel prepare to move the patient to the ambulance for tranpsort to the local hospital.

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