NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The Croton Falls Fire Department coordinated the rescue a woman stuck on a private zip line at a home on Titicus Road on Sunday.
According to Fire Chief Daniel Dreyer, the woman was stuck on a wooden platform almost 50 feet above the ground with non-life threatening injuries. Croton Falls called for mutual aid when they learned the platform did not have a backup ladder or stairs and the zip line was too high up for their extension ladder.
The Westchester County Department of Emergency Service has a Technical Resource Team with specialized training and was able to come to the house to assist with the rescue.
Once on scene, the Technical Rescue Team secured and immobilized the woman in a SKED, a type of rescue stretcher. Once secured, the team lowered her to the ground using ropes and pulleys. The woman was assessed by paramedics from Westchester EMS and EMTs from the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was taken to a local trauma center.
"This call was a classic example of mutual aid," Dreyer said. "Croton Falls firefighters were assisted by Technical Rescue Team members, firefighters from the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters and EMTs from the Somers Volunteer Fire Department, who provided rehab services given the strong sun and high temperatures of the day, EMS professionals from Westchester EMS and NSVAC, and the North Salem Police Department."