On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched Mutual Aid to the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company for the Multi-Vehicle MVC (Motor Vehicle Collision) with Injury, Rock Hall Road (Maryland 20) and Ricauds Branch Road. The incident was in and along a stretch of roadway running through a location known locally as “The Double Woods”.
Rescue Pumper 7 (Rock Hall VFC) arrived on the scene with three (3) vehicles involved, one up an embankment. There were two patients still in the vehicle up the embankment. Personnel from Rescue 6 (Chestertown VFC) handled this extrication. In order to safely remove the patients, a sidewall / door removal was executed on the left side of the vehicle. The patients were packaged for transport. Packaged indicates the process of applying spinal immobilization and transfer to a back board, then subsequent transfer to an ambulance. Both of these patients were subsequently airlifted to a trauma center in Baltimore, Maryland. This was handled by two (2) separate Maryland State Police Aviation helicopters. Engine 6 (Chestertown VFC) covered the Landing Zone, located in the roadway at the intersection of Rock Hall Road (Maryland 20) and Tolchester Beach Road (Maryland 21). As there was a large amount of debris in the roadway, personnel from Rescue 6 assisted with clean-up.
Twelve (12) members from the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company responded. Chestertown units operated on this incident for just over 90 minutes. There were no injuries to emergency personnel.
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