The team were involved in an unusual callout on Sunday (18th January) when they were called to a casualty in the bell ringing tower of Brailsford Church.
The female casualty had been taking part in bell ringing for the Sunday service when the rope had become entangled around her arm, causing injuries to the arm and to her hip as she fell to the ground. Due to the extremely narrow stairway leading to the tower, the team’s expertise was called on to evacuate the casualty to the ground.
A team member living locally was first on scene and provided medical attention. As more rescue volunteers arrived, the woman was placed into a specialist piece of equipment known as a vacuum mattress, a full body splint which forms a rigid shell around a person, and then carried down the narrow stairs to be handed over to the waiting EMAS ambulance crew. She was then taken to the Royal Derby Hospital for treatment.
A team spokesman said: “We often get called to incidents that people would never associate with mountain rescue, but I believe this is a first for the team.
“We’re just happy to have been able to help and wish the woman a speedy recovery.”
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