NSB Fire Dept: Electrocuted worker rescued from Canal Street roof; airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center

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New Smyrna Beach firefighters stand at the ready to receive a worker who was electrocuted Wednesday while working on a roof in downtown New Smyrna Beach. Firefighters on the roof were able to utilize the fire department’s ladder truck to move the critically injured worker to the ground where he was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center to undergo treatment for electrical burns. His name was not released.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- New Smyrna Beach Fire Rescue crews responded to a call for a worker who had been electrocuted by coming into contact with a power line while working on a roof in the downtown.

Crews arrived on scene at 431 Canal St. at 11:41 a.m. today to find the worker was still on the roof and in critical condition.

"Quick thinking by crews on scene led to a rescue by using the department’s ladder truck," Bill Crapps, battalion chief for the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department told Headline Surfer® of the mid-day Wednesday emergency situation. "During the rescue crews had to remove a tree along North Orange Street to safely lower the 35-year-old male patient to ground."

"Quick thinking by crews on scene led to a rescue by using the department’s ladder truck," Bill Crapps, battalion chief for the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department told Headline Surfer® of the mid-day Wednesday emergency situation. "During the rescue crews had to remove a tree along North Orange Street to safely lower the 35-year-old male patient to ground."

A collaborate effort between New Smyrna Beach Fire Rescue and Volusia County Fire Services successfully moved the patient to the ground where he was lifted off the ladder and transported by Volusia County Ambulance to an awaiting helicopter across U.S.1. , Crapps said.

Volusia County Sheriff's Air 1 flew the patient to Orlando Regional Medical Center to undergo treatment for electrical burns.

Power was temporally interrupted to the area while crews worked to rescue the worker. His name was not released, but he was said to be 35 years old.

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