Firefighting, Technical Rescue

WA Firefighters Rescue Paratroopers from Trees

Firefighters rescued two Army paratroopers who were stuck in trees Thursday on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Firefighters from nearby Lacey in Pierce County who were part of the Thurston County Special Operations Rescue Team responded to the call, according to The Associated Press.

Battalion Chief Steve Crimmins said the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire Department brought down one paratrooper before his crew arrived. The other victim was stuck higher in a different tree and Lacey firefighters used their tall ladder truck for that rescue.

The paratroopers were reportedly participating in a routine training jump when they encountered wind that blew them into the trees.

The report indicates that no one was hurt during the incident.

For firefighter training information on tree rescues and related technical rescue topics, please consider Palm Tree Rescues: Hazards for Victims and Responders and Whom Do You Call on in a Disaster: Your Local USAR Team or Mutual Aid?.