Gainesville Fire Rescue performs rope rescue to save injured construction worker

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 11:20 PM EDT
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Gainesville Fire Rescue was called out to a construction site on the 1100 block of NW University Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A construction worker at the site had been injured and needed to be put on a backboard.

Using a stokes basket, rope rescue gear and an aerial ladder, crews were able to lower the injured man to the ground within about 25 minutes.

“With that kind of incident, there’s high risk any time you have somebody hanging off ropes up in the air, but we’ve got special gear and personnel trained to be able to mitigate that, and we check all of our equipment. We train on this stuff a lot, which is key," said Gainesville Fire Rescue Lt. Jonathan Cicio. "When these things go down, we want to be ready so it’s not a surprise for us to have these events. We’ve actually trained on that similar scenario several times recently. Our guys just kind of did what they know to do.”

The injured construction worker was in stable condition after the rescue and is expected to be okay.

Lt. Cicio says Gainesville Fire Rescue has performed several similar rope rescues. He says they’re becoming more common because of all of construction in the city.