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Firefighters use forklifts to rescue the obese
Telegraph ^ | 4-13-12

Posted on 04/13/2012 5:40:51 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Firefighters are using forklift trucks to rescue obese people after crews injured their backs trying to move them.

Five firemen from a single Yorkshire town have injured their backs and muscles while trying to manoeuvre overweight people in the past two years, a report found. It resulted in a total of 13 working days being lost as the injured officers recovered.

Now crews in Rotherham, one of Britain's fattest towns, are using forklift trucks and hydrolic platforms to rescue fat people from fires and falls and to help the ambulance service move bariatric patients to hospital.

A report commissioned by Rotherham council found overweight people at putting their lives at risk and diverting fire crews from attending more pressing 999 calls.

It noted: "South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crews have had a number of firefighters injured while carrying out such rescues, usually muscular skeletal injuries , including back and muscle strains.

"As with any emergency situation, the risk for injury to staff is minimised but the rescue of people in these circumstances tends to be problematic due to the limited space in traditional houses, especially hallways and stairs."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: napl

1 posted on 04/13/2012 5:40:57 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Slings and Arrows

Wonder if she uses equal in her tea?


2 posted on 04/13/2012 6:16:04 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

When the fire department has to call the racetrack to send over the horse ambulance, you’re too bleeping fat.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 6:19:07 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

If you are over 300 lbs in our town and need emergency medical assistance, you will have to wait for the bariatric ambulance to be dispatched from county, unless you can walk to and from the ambulance. The bariatric ambulance actually winches in the stretcher. Still doesn’t get someone down the stairs though. We’ve slid them down on a Reeves stretcher. There’s a nice stair chair with treads but that’s no good for an unconscious patient or broken hip. Haven’t had to try to get them up out of the basement yet.

So it would be wise to tell dispatch that you will need that bariatric ambulance - otherwise you’ll lose another five to ten minutes waiting for the first responders to get there and make that determination. And wait a minimum of 15-20 minutes for the bariatric rig, if it is available.

Let’s face it - our all-volunteer EMTs are middle-aged to elderly, with some bad backs, and a handful of mostly short skinny pre-pre-med teenagers - little 98 lb Indian girls some of them. The police - mostly strongly built youngish men - will come for a lift assist.

Two EMT principles:
1) Don’t become a second patient.
2) Remember the ABC’s - Ambulate Before Carry

Thank goodness I live in an area where there is social pressure against obesity - not a whole lot of really overweight people here.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 6:29:32 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

When I was a kid, I NEVER saw people that big. Now I see them all the time. What happened?


5 posted on 04/13/2012 6:37:31 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

you know, every time i see an obese person, he’s eating.


6 posted on 04/13/2012 6:38:09 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Supersize those nachos please!


7 posted on 04/13/2012 6:44:25 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

EMT’s dodging bullets and traffic, and now risking blown backs caring for the well-fed.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 6:56:04 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

A firefighter friend of mine severely injured his back while attempting to help an obese woman stuck in a bathtub.

He has had several surgeries, but can only walk slowly with the use of two canes. He’s in his 30s and has two young sons he can no longer even play catch with.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 7:00:48 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
21st century EMT kit...


10 posted on 04/13/2012 7:26:31 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: heartwood

I was putting a rather hefty patient into an ambulance in Jan 2011 when the litter got out of control and dropped. I ended up with a closed tib/fib fracture. Pins screws and plates and four months of PT.

15 months later I still have some swelling and pain but I walk normal. The whole thing soured me on my volunteer EMT gig although I’m still active in volunteer Fire and S&R and do medical communications part time.

By the way, fatboy is not fat, he is a slim 140 pounder.


11 posted on 04/13/2012 7:29:27 PM PDT by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: CatherineofAragon
welfare...
12 posted on 04/13/2012 7:30:57 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Springman; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
It's a growing problem.


13 posted on 04/13/2012 7:59:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"...When I was a kid, I NEVER saw people that big. Now I see them all the time. What happened?..."

MacDonalds started to take food stamps? ................................................... FRegards

14 posted on 04/13/2012 8:14:38 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
I remember watching a movie a couple decades ago where an obese woman needed a crane to remove her from a house ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape"). At the time, it seemed rather ridiculous.

Now it's happening in real life.

15 posted on 04/13/2012 8:20:09 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 30 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

My back aches all of the time and hurts fairly often after 24 yrs fire and paramedic. We run about 80% medical calls. I have removed the big bedroom window in order to get a patient out of the house because they no longer fit through a door.

Now we have cots with a hydraulic lift sourced from Mercruiser boat motors. Wish we had had those when I started.


16 posted on 04/13/2012 8:34:37 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

my son is a firefighter. Moving morbidly obese people is one of the most difficult jobs they have. Of course, he never complains, and just says it’s just part of the job. But it happens more and more frequently. He says, “if they’d just stop eating” it would be easier on all of them. Some of the firefighters on his shift are not so kind.


17 posted on 04/13/2012 8:47:19 PM PDT by RedinaBlue (When the truth is replaced by silence, silence is a lie.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

my son is a firefighter. Moving morbidly obese people is one of the most difficult jobs they have. Of course, he never complains, and just says it’s just part of the job. But it happens more and more frequently. He says, “if they’d just stop eating” it would be easier on all of them. Some of the firefighters on his shift are not so kind.


18 posted on 04/13/2012 8:47:47 PM PDT by RedinaBlue (When the truth is replaced by silence, silence is a lie.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

my son is a firefighter. Moving morbidly obese people is one of the most difficult jobs they have. Of course, he never complains, and just says it’s just part of the job. But it happens more and more frequently. He says, “if they’d just stop eating” it would be easier on all of them. Some of the firefighters on his shift are not so kind.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 8:47:59 PM PDT by RedinaBlue (When the truth is replaced by silence, silence is a lie.)
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To: heartwood
as related to me, we had a very obese patient in our ICU....the ICU nurse is usually assigned one or two patients, with occassional help from other nurses...

the patient got suddenly worse and had to be transferred to a larger hospital...

the ambulance crew had 5 burly firemen come and get the patient into the ambulance...5....and here the lone nurse was doing all the work by herself.

20 posted on 04/14/2012 3:46:07 AM PDT by cherry
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To: RedinaBlue
I think we had obese people 50 yrs ago...but our obese now are immensely larger....

just like our mildly obese and moderately obese are larger....

we've as a society ratched up all our weights to what we have now...

as far as morbidly obese now, the healthcare system keeps them alive...that's why there seems to be so many of them....

what used to kill them early, now they can survive...

21 posted on 04/14/2012 3:52:57 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry
Sometimes, when struck by a bout of the blues from advancing middle-age, a stroll thru Walmart is often temporarily curative.

Not at all bustin' on Wally's, just that it's about the densest grouping of people around here on any given day.
It doesn't seem like 'schadenfreude' per se .. but perhaps a second cousin ?
Doesn't help with the creaking joints, but does make 6'/195 feel tolerable for awhile.  ;-)

22 posted on 04/14/2012 4:11:33 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: 6SJ7

23 posted on 04/14/2012 4:19:34 AM PDT by abishai
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To: All

I had a roomie that was an EMT and she said that moving “obese” people was like trying to grab a bowl of jello with chopsticks. I just can’t imagine the smell of a person that can’t bath or get up to use the can and only eats.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 4:31:52 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

foodstamps, welfare, disability payments for starters..


25 posted on 04/14/2012 4:34:31 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: CatherineofAragon
When I was a kid, I NEVER saw people that big. Now I see them all the time. What happened?

Food stamps.

We have the fattest poor people in the world.

26 posted on 04/14/2012 8:12:22 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: fatboy

When I was in Ems the fat trend was starting. But once me and another emit carried a fatty from the attic of his three story house on a stairchair on narrow stairway and all the way to the truck. Thought my guts was going to jack in the box all over the house.


27 posted on 04/14/2012 12:56:40 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

go figure...


28 posted on 04/14/2012 3:53:38 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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