UPDATE: Emergency response in Gatewood

11:06 AM: SFD is in the 8300 block of California SW for “a rope rescue response for a man on scaffolding about 20′ from the ground with minor injuries.”

11:17 AM: This is at a house that’s been undergoing remodeling for months. The rescued person will be taken to the hospital. California is full of emergency vehicles just north of Thistle; they should clear within 45 minutes, we’re told.

11:52 AM: All clear.

3 Replies to "UPDATE: Emergency response in Gatewood"

  • liz reagan December 19, 2021 (11:10 am)

    Why so many fire trks?

    • WSB December 19, 2021 (12:03 pm)

      Because that’s the required callout for a “rope rescue” call. As with other major types of calls, it’s “send everyone first, then pull back if not needed.”

  • Al King December 19, 2021 (4:35 pm)

    As WSB said. SFD has no real idea of what an actual response will be necessary until they get “eyes” on. It’s much safer & faster to be sending a lot of units and cancel than get there and want/need more. Seconds can and do count. 

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