Rescue in the Woodlands
THE IMPORTANCE OF A PLAN
The importance of an Emergency Response Plan: Ingalls and crew saved a man’s life Last Thursday, David Ingalls, Juan Ochoa & Arturo Lopez were on a job in Burney, 4 hours north of the Bay Area, and deep into the heart of the woodlands. .
It was 95 degrees out and they were traveling through a maze of logging roads towards their job site when they came upon a man, naked, crawling out of the brush.
They quickly realized the man was severely dehydrated and in bad shape and jumped into action. Gave water, checked vitals & contacted emergency response. .
The ambulance got lost on the way, so Ingalls was patched directly through to the Fire Department to guide them and the Med-Evac helicopter to the scene using GPS coordinates and knowledge of the roads.
According to Burney Fire Dept’s initial assessment, the man must have been out there for a couple days without food or water. He was several miles from any paved road, and going in the wrong direction. Judging from his condition, he would not have survived another night.
It was perfect timing that we came to the “Y” in the road as we did. Assessing the situation, seeing the hidden dangers, and being prepared for an emergency are all part of our training.
David Ingalls, A Plus Tree
Every day, the crews in our high risk divisions are required to fill out a JSA (Job Site Analysis) and ERP (Emergency Response Plan). They keep these on their dash and it provides quick access to job site location, numbers to local emergency response teams, and assignments for each crew member in the event of emergencies. It was with the help of these protocols that Ingalls and his team were able to calmly and swiftly know what to do.
Thank you David Ingalls, Juan Ochoa and Arturo Lopez for doing what we hope every person would do in your situation. You are a blessing and we are honored to support the great work you do!