Kings Bay Firefighters Make Steep Climb

NSB Kings Bay Firefighters carried a victim from 80 feet below grade, adjacent to the massive Trident submarine, to the top of a dry dock using the stairway, reports The Florida Times-Union.

They received emergency notification that a worker was unconscious at the west end of the dry dock. Upon arrival, fire crews could barely see the victim, who was lying some 80 feet below grade adjacent to the massive Trident submarine being tended by refit craftsman.

Further complicating matters, the elevator which is normally used to transport personnel and equipment in and out of the dry dock was out of service.

Without hesitation, the five-man rescue team grabbed the required life-saving equipment and began the 80-foot descent by stairs.

Led by Paramedics Capt. Tom Middleton and Capt. Juan Hernandez, firefighters made their way down to the patient and began medical assessment.

The patient was conscious. He was confused however and unable to stand. The medical assessment concluded that he was suffering from heat exhaustion, with dehydration and severe muscle spasms.

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