Extrication Zone, Fire EMS, Firefighting

Mass-Casualty MVA

Issue 4 and Volume 169.

On April 16, 2014, at 1859, Virginia Beach (VA) Fire, EMS, and Police were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle crash at 563 Sandbridge Road. The two-lane rural road is five blocks from Sandbridge Beach and is heavily traveled by beachgoers and residents who live in the cottage community. The narrow road has tidal spillways and ditches on both sides, with power poles in the easement. (1) The crash scene with the sedan in the ditch and placement of Ladder 21 and the front bumper-mounted hydraulic tools. (Photos by Kirk Kellerhalls, VBFD Multimedia Bureau.) The 911 call takers were inundated with reports of the crash. A call taker documented these comments: “The complainant is trying not to get close because he doesn’t want his children seeing what is going on.” Another documented a bystander’s concerns as fire and EMS were responding: “It is bad. There are people bending over the…

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