New ladder used to help injured woman

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s new aerial platform ladder was called out for the first time in the south of the county at the weekend to remove a woman through an upstairs window of a house in Long Sutton.

Firefighters were called to assist the ambulance crew at 9.30am on Sunday because the patient, who had fallen, could not be carried on a stretcher down a spiral staircase.

High Street was closed for an hour while the patient was removed and taken to Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in King’s Lynn. A spokesman said: “We removed the window sash and she was brought down from the first floor.”

The aerial platform ladder is one of two in the county and represents an investment of £1.3 million in Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. It can extend up to 32 metres high, compared to the old vehicles that could reach only 22 metres.

Simon York, station manager for operational support, said: “It is important that we invest in equipment that will help us reach people in an emergency.”