by Jason Pallotta, Asst. Chief, Inlet Vol. Fire Dept
January turned out to be another busy month for local fire fighters and EMS crews. Though the month started off quietly, by the middle of the month things got pretty active.
On January 18th there was an accident on Trail 1 and the Old Forge Fire Department was called to extricate an injured woman from the woods using its rescue sled. She was ultimately transported to a Utica hospital by Old Forge ambulance.
The next day, Eagle Bay Fire Department personnel were called out for a snowmobile motor vehicle accident (MVA) on the Big Moose Road, however the accident actually occurred on the Uncas Road and the victim was transported by Inlet Ambulance to a Utica hospital.
At approximately midnight on January 20th, the Eagle Bay Fire Department was called to respond to an accident on Trail 5 where the victim was reportedly unresponsive.
Upon arrival at the scene emergency personnel found the patient to be responsive but suffering from serious injuries. The patient was transported by Inlet Ambulance to a Utica hospital assisted by an Advanced Life Support (ALS) crew.
The next day the Inlet Fire Department was called out for a motor vehicle accident on Seventh Lake. Due to the questionable ice conditions, the Inlet Department responded with its air boat. They were assisted by the Eagle Bay Fire Department. The victim was transported by Inlet ambulance to a Utica hospital.
A young male patient was transported by Old Forge Ambulance to a Utica hospital on January 22 following a motor vehicle accident (snowmobile) on Trail 5. The victim sustained serious chest trauma in the accident.
On Saturday morning , January 28, Old Forge Fire Department was called out for a structure fire at RPM Snowmobile Rentals on Route 28 in Thendera.
Upon arrival, Old Forge Chief Charles Bogardus reported a working fire and requested mutual aid from Otter Lake and Eagle Bay Fire Departments. Manpower from Inlet and Big Moose Fire Departments assisted at the scene.
To finish off the active month, Eagle Bay Fire Department was called out for another snowmobile MVA on Big Moose Road where responding units found an injured snowmobiler 30 feet down an embankment.
The male victim was extricated by Eagle Bay and Inlet Fire Fighters and transported to a Utica hospital by inlet Ambulance.