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Lakeport Fire ladder truck used to rescue seizure victim

Lakeport Fire Protection District's truck 5011's ladder was used in a rooftop rescue on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport. Photo courtesy of Lakeport Fire Protection District.


LAKEPORT – Local firefighters put to work a ladder truck last week as they worked to help a man who suffered a seizure.

A Sunday report from Lakeport Fire Protection District explained that the rescue occurred on Monday, Dec. 14.

Shortly before noon on that day, Lakeport Fire Protection District responded to a reported diabetic emergency on the roof of the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Administration building, according to firefighter Brian Hajik of Lakeport Fire.

Lake County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Willie Sapeta, who already was inside the building when the emergency occurred, reportedly made initial contact with the patient.

The man had been servicing the building's HVAC units when he experienced a full body seizure. Sapeta found the patient unresponsive but breathing, and began assessing the patient before transferring care to ambulance staff, according to the report.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) interventions were begun in the event the man experienced additional seizures, and extrication options were discussed between paramedics and the incident commander, Hajik said.

Access to the patient was only possible via a scuttle hatch, and with roof being nearly 40 feet above the street, the decision was made to utilize truck 5011’s 75-foot aerial ladder to safely lower the patient to the ground.

Under the direction of Fire Captain Bob Holbrook, the patient was secured to a stokes basket after spinal immobilization, said Hajik. Using a series of ropes and specialized lowering hardware, the patient was brought to the ground by sliding the basket along the rails of the ladder with the attending paramedic.

Lakeport Fire reported that the patient had no additional seizures during the rescue operation and had regained full consciousness during the short transport to Sutter Lakeside emergency room.

The incident was terminated at 12:47 p.m., exactly an hour after it began, Hajik reported.

Lakeport Fire Protection District responded with one ALS ambulance, one ALS engine company and one truck company.

No injuries to emergency responders were reported. Hajik said they didn't have an update on the patient's status.

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Firefighters work to bring the patient, who had suffered a seizure, to the ground on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport. Photo courtesy of Lakeport Fire Protection District.





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