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Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls (Photo) - 06/05/24

At 10:32 Wednesday morning, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a report of a Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls. It was reported that an elderly male had fallen approximately 40 feet over a cliff near the base of the falls. Sweet Home Fire responded with one medic unit and a rescue vehicle and made the one hour drive east to make contact with the patient. Once on scene, medics encountered the patient near the base of the falls with bystanders rendering aid. Thankfully, he sustained non-life threatening injuries but was unable to walk and extremely cold due to being so close to the falls. Lane and Linn County Search and Rescue teams arrived shortly after Sweet Home Fire units and facilitated rescue operations. The lengthy rescue involved rope systems to raise the patient up the face of a cliff to the trail where he was then carried back down to the parking lot approximately a half-mile away. The decision was made during the rescue operation to utilize air ambulance via Life Flight to transport the patient to Riverbend Hospital due to his condition. Due to the remote area, the landing zone was established on Hwy 126, closing down the highway temporarily. We would like to thank our outstanding partners who helped make this a successful outcome. We would also like to take this time and remind all of you to be safe when enjoying the outdoors. Plan ahead and know your limitations to help you stay safe.  

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Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls (Photo) - 06/05/24

At 10:32 Wednesday morning, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a report of a Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls. It was reported that an elderly male had fallen approximately 40 feet over a cliff near the base of the falls. Sweet Home Fire responded with one medic unit and a rescue vehicle and made the one hour drive east to make contact with the patient. Once on scene, medics encountered the patient near the base of the falls with bystanders rendering aid. Thankfully, he sustained non-life threatening injuries but was unable to walk and extremely cold due to being so close to the falls. Lane and Linn County Search and Rescue teams arrived shortly after Sweet Home Fire units and facilitated rescue operations. The lengthy rescue involved rope systems to raise the patient up the face of a cliff to the trail where he was then carried back down to the parking lot approximately a half-mile away. The decision was made during the rescue operation to utilize air ambulance via Life Flight to transport the patient to Riverbend Hospital due to his condition. Due to the remote area, the landing zone was established on Hwy 126, closing down the highway temporarily. We would like to thank our outstanding partners who helped make this a successful outcome. We would also like to take this time and remind all of you to be safe when enjoying the outdoors. Plan ahead and know your limitations to help you stay safe.  

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Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls (Photo) - 06/05/24

At 10:32 Wednesday morning, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a report of a Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls. It was reported that an elderly male had fallen approximately 40 feet over a cliff near the base of the falls. Sweet Home Fire responded with one medic unit and a rescue vehicle and made the one hour drive east to make contact with the patient. Once on scene, medics encountered the patient near the base of the falls with bystanders rendering aid. Thankfully, he sustained non-life threatening injuries but was unable to walk and extremely cold due to being so close to the falls. Lane and Linn County Search and Rescue teams arrived shortly after Sweet Home Fire units and facilitated rescue operations. The lengthy rescue involved rope systems to raise the patient up the face of a cliff to the trail where he was then carried back down to the parking lot approximately a half-mile away. The decision was made during the rescue operation to utilize air ambulance via Life Flight to transport the patient to Riverbend Hospital due to his condition. Due to the remote area, the landing zone was established on Hwy 126, closing down the highway temporarily. We would like to thank our outstanding partners who helped make this a successful outcome. We would also like to take this time and remind all of you to be safe when enjoying the outdoors. Plan ahead and know your limitations to help you stay safe.  

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Nice Weather Leads to Early Season Technical Rescue at "High Rock" (Photo) - 05/16/24

Sweet Home Fire crews were dispatched at 4:40 this afternoon for a report of a female who fell approximately 10 feet onto a rock ledge just beneath the water on the banks of the South Santiam. The patient complained of severe back pain and was unable to stand. Crews responded with Linn County Search and Rescue and Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and located the victim who required a rope system to safely extricate her to the roadway. The patient was packaged in a stokes basket and a high angle rescue was necessary to raise the patient to a landing from which the crew was then able to carry her the remaining distance. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital in stable condition. Two brush rigs, an ambulance, a rescue unit, and a staff vehicle responded from Sweet Home Fire with a total of 11 rescuers. From the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 4 deputies and 2 Search and Rescue personnel responded.

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Log Truck Crash on Upper Calapooia (Photo) - 05/16/24

Fire crews from Sweet Home were dispatched to a crash on Upper Calapooia at 9:52 this morning. The caller reported that the crash involved a log truck and that there were wires down. A command vehicle, an ambulance, a brush truck, and a rescue unit responded from Sweet Home Fire with 6 firefighters. Crews arrived to find a loaded log truck had failed to negotiate a corner and had tipped over onto the passenger side spilling it's logs and shearing off a power pole. The crash left one power line suspended low across the road and two lines broken, laying across the scene. The single occupant of the vehicle had self-extricated prior to the arrival of responders, and was uninjured. Fire crews controlled traffic while two lineman from Pacific Power cleared the power line hazard. The scene was turned over to three Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, the road was closed until a heavy wrecker could arrive to remove the log truck and logs, and clear the roadway.