Tuesday, December 25 2012, 11:42 PM CST
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Ashland Fire and Rescue team up to get man to hospital
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
ASHLAND, Ore.-Jackson County Search and Rescue was called in as an outside assist to Ashland Fire and Rescue when a SnowCat was required to get through two to five feet of snow on a man's mile-and-a-half-long driveway off Pilot Rock Road after the man called the fire department for difficulty breathing.
Monday morning around 10 a.m. two to five feet of fresh snow were piled between an Ashland man in distress and medical help.
Four-wheel drive and chains were not enough for Ashland Fire and Rescue paramedics to cross the man's driveway.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was sent out to assist Ashland Fire and Rescue to get to the man on the Sheriff's Office SnowCat.
After the man was taken out of his home and down his driveway, he was placed in the Ashland Fire and Rescue ambulance and transported to Ashland Community Hospital for medical care.
This is the second time this year the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has used its SnowCat.
Sgt. Shawn Richards with the Sheriff's Office has advise on avoiding situations where its SnowCat would have to come get you.
"The biggest thing is be prepared. Take food and water with you. Know where you're going. If conditions are continually getting worse, turn around before you're stuck, but preparedness is a big thing. Make sure your phone is charged, maybe you have an auxiliary charger [...] take care of yourself [...] warm clothing, blankets are all a good idea," says Sgt. Richards.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue works with Ashland Ski Patrol and other local emergency response agencies on a regular basis.