Gville Fire Dept. involved in ‘rope rescue’ of trapped motorist in Habersham


“Habersham County Emergency Services personnel received help from three departments Monday night, March 4, while retrieving an injured driver whose vehicle had overturned into a ravine.

The single-vehicle wreck was reported just after 5:30 p.m. on Crane Mill Road just down from the four-way stop at Mud Creek Road.

Habersham County Emergency Services Engine 12, Med 21, Battalion 1, Captain 1, and PIO responded, along with Baldwin Fire Department Squad 41, Cornelia Fire Department FM2, a unit from Gainesville Fire Department that was in the area, and two units from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office.

HCES Battalion Chief Brandon Whitney said the single-car motor vehicle collision (MVC) required multiple personnel to get the patient to care.

“We had an elderly female who had an MVC,” Whitney said. “She ran off the road approximately 70 feet down an embankment. It appears her car has rolled multiple times. She was entrapped inside the vehicle. The patient did have to be extricated, the door removed, and she was removed from the vehicle at this time and secured in a stokes basket with a backboard.” A ropes system was used to bring the patient up the steep embankment to Crane Mill Road.

That ropes operation was with “the assistance of Baldwin Fire Department, Cornelia Fire Department, and Gainesville Fire Department personnel to retrieve her from the ravine,” Whitney said. “Once she was up, we continued our evaluation and transported her to the hospital.”

(Photo courtesy Habersham County PIO Rob Moore.)