Woman seriously injured after falling 75 feet down cliff

Police said they were dealing with “hazardous terrain and conditions” during the rescue.

A woman was seriously injured but is expected to survive after falling 75 feet down a cliff face in Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly in Bergen County, officials said.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department tweeted at 5:43 p.m. Saturday that officers called the East Bergen repel team to help get the woman out of the area at Greenbrook Falls. They said they were dealing with “hazardous terrain and conditions.”

PO Clancy reporting a female victim with serious but non life threatening injuries after falling 75 feet down the Greenbrook Falls. East Bergen rappel teams removing the victim now. pic.twitter.com/cpu3Rl6o20

— ParkwayPolice (@ParkwayPolice) June 23, 2018

A medical helicopter was also called. Police said the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Police did not release any other details about the woman, and a dispatcher said no one was available to speak to the media Saturday.

It’s not the first time Palisades Interstate Parkway police have been called on to help rescue hikers.

In the last eight months, the force has helped six people out of the sanctuary. Two women who said they could not walk out on their own were removed by boat in April, and four people who were trapped on a cliff were rescued in November, according to the department’s press releases.

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Calgary Fire Department needs compensation for medical services: union

Calgary fire crews responded to nearly 80 medical related calls a day last year and the president of the department’s union says the province needs to start compensating firefighters for their live saving interventions.

Figures in a report going to a city council committee next week from the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) shows firefighters provided critical medical assistance a total of 28,397 times in 2017.

Capt. Mike Carter, president of International of Fire Fighters Local 255, said firefighters have been providing medical assistance on calls for decades. But the medical support provided by CFD saves the province money when it comes to long-term care costs, especially in cases of cardiac arrests.

Around 45 per cent of all calls firefighters respond to involve some kind of medical treatment, ranging from control of bleeding, cardiac events, drug overdose interventions and even delivering babies.

“That’s where I think the return on investment … can save the (Alberta Health System) in its entirety a substantial amount of money,” Carter said, adding EMS staff in Calgary do a “phenomenal job.”

“The intervention we can do is basic life support … and (AHS) can do the advanced life support.”

Over the last five years, the number of cardiac events firefights respond to has doubled from 833 in 2013 to more than 1,650 last year. The number of gunshot wounds treated first by firefighters has also increased 24.5 per cent from 159 to 198 during the same period.

Overdose interventions have seen a massive spike of nearly 240 per cent from 284 calls in 2013, to 963 interventions in 2017.

Over the last five years, the number of cardiac events firefights respond to has doubled from 833 in 2013 to more than 1,650 last year. The number of gunshot wounds treated first by firefighters has also increased 24.5 per cent from 159 to 198 during the same period.

Fire crews are usually the first ones on scene of an incident due to the department’s targeted seven minute response time, while Alberta Health Services (AHS) — which provides ambulance and emergency medical treatment services to the city — has a response time closer to 12 minutes.

Coun. Ray Jones said he’s like to see AHS reimburse the city in some way for the life saving efforts of CFD members.

“I’ve gone on a couple of ridealongs with fire and EMS, and fire is usually the first on scene,” Jones said. “They are doing over and above the job we …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com