Firefighters rescue man from height after medical distress call

Firefighters and paramedics worked together to rescue a man who had begun to feel unwell while working at height.

Crews from Maidenhead responded to the incident in Larchfield Road, Maidenhead at 9:41am on Thursday 4 May.

The man was working on the upper level of a building site when he began to feel unwell and dialled 999. South Central Ambulance Service operators then requested the support of Thames Valley Fire Control Service.

As the man was located approximately five metres off the ground, the specialist Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Whitley Wood Fire Station was mobilised to support the rescue.

Crews used the ALP’s hydraulic platform to reach the man, and a paramedic went on the platform so the man could be assessed quickly and receive treatment.

The man was safely brought down to earth and transferred to hospital for treatment and the stop message was received at 10:32am.

Lincoln Ball, Station Commander at Maidenhead Fire Station said: “The man was experiencing a medical difficulty so it was important to put an effective plan in place to reach him.

“We worked effectively with our colleagues in South Central Ambulance Service to put the plan together, making use of our specialist aerial ladder platform for the rescue.

“The rescue went as we had planned, so now we would just like to wish the gentleman involved in this incident well.”