Injured man rescued from observation deck of tower at Mount Sugarloaf
SOUTH DEERFIELD — An injured man on the observation deck of the Mount Sugarloaf tower was lowered to safety late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, with mutual aid assistance from the Greenfield and Turners Falls fire departments.
The departments sent their high angle rescue experts.
South Deerfield Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Patterson said the incident was first reported about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The High Angle Rescue Service was called in to bring its technical rescue trailer, which includes high-angle pulleys, cables and rescue equipment. The firefighters who provide this service have special training for rescuing injured people from high ledges and other inaccessible places.
According to Patterson, the rescuers set up a cable system within the stairwell of the spiral staircase. Because the injured man could not walk, he was placed into a harness and Stokes rescue basket, and lowered down the stairwell by cable and pulley. A Stokes rescue basket is a type of stretcher that can be used in confined spaces. It is often used in outdoor rescues.
The rescue operation took about two hours, according to Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan.
Patterson said the injured man was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
It was not immediately clear what the man, whom fire authorities would not identify, was doing on the tower at that hour or how he hurt himself. It was unclear if other people were present or who called authorities.