Calgary Fire Department Technical Rescue Team called to McKenzie Lake to perform slope rescue
At approximately 2:15 on the afternoon of Friday, February 2, Calgary fire crews including the CFD technical rescue team, were dispatched to the community of McKenzie Lake for a significant fall down an embankment. A woman in her forties had slipped on some ice, lost her balance and tumbled down a steep hill, landing near the golf course below and making it challenging for rescuers to get to her quickly.
The technical rescue team used a specialized tool called the Mule 2 Litter Wheel (also referred to by firefighters as ‘The Big Wheel’) to rappel down to the patient to transport her out of the ravine. Other firefighters, including the CFD Fire Response Paramedic (FRP) approached from the golf course side at the bottom of the hill to start patient care. Fire crews used a stoke stretcher with c-spine precautions to package her for safe transport. She was transported by the FRP in the CFD utility terrain vehicle (known as the Gator) and was transferred to the waiting EMS paramedics. The patient was conscious and alert as she was transferred to EMS and taken to an area hospital.