Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Technical Rescue in Point Defiance Park

Incident Date: 09/18/12
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: Point Defiance Park
Incident Type: Technical Rescue

Narrative: At 2:50 p.m. seven companies of Tacoma Firefighters (4 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Medic Companies, Technical Rescue and Command Staff) responded to a report of a person fallen off a cliff on the Narrows Bridge side of Point Defiance Park.

The first arriving company found one person who had fallen approximately 75 feet down the steep cliff. TFD’s technical rescue team was assembled to conduct a high-angle rope rescue to safely remove the patient from the hillside. Three firefighters repelled down, evaluated and stabilized the patient and secured the person to a backboard and stokes stretcher. An intricate rope and pulley system was deployed above the cliff to pull the patient and firefighters to safety.

The patient was transported to a local area hospital and there were no other injuries to report.