2020-11-11

Patient hurt in workplace incident airlifted from Middle New Cornwall

by KEITH CORCORAN

  • <p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>The air ambulance chopper above the Cornwall and district fire station November 4.</p>

Someone who was hurt in what's described as a workplace accident was airlifted to hospital from a Lunenburg County fire station.

The person, whose age and gender weren't available, didn't sustain serious injury at the Cornwall and district volunteer fire department, but first responders there had to set up a landing zone for the air ambulance helicopter November 4.

"That was the first time we've done that; used it as a landing site," Michael Wilson, the department's fire chief, told LighthouseNOW about the makeshift landing zone on fire station land off the Cornwall Road.

Paramedics and RCMP were sent in the afternoon to a Spruce Lane address in Middle New Cornwall to a workplace injury but few details were released.

Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education was notified of the occurrence.

"No stop-work order has been issued at this time," spokeswoman Shannon Kerr told LighthouseNOW in an e-mail a day after the incident. "Our inspection is ongoing."

Wilson said a fire truck responded to the scene but the focus was ensuring safe landing and departure of Emergency Health Services' (EHS) chopper LifeFlight. "We didn't tend to the patient at all," he said.

Landing zone operations training is offered to volunteer firefighters by EHS to help the air ambulance arrive and depart safely in challenging areas where a patient requires critical care and a hospital helipad isn't close.

A ground ambulance transported the injured person to the Cornwall and district fire station property from the Spruce Lane area. Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 3 p.m. to set up the landing zone.

The helicopter's landing, patient transfer to the aircraft from the ambulance, and departure went off without a hitch. Wilson said the whole thing took a matter of minutes to finish.

Information on the patient's condition was not available.

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