A tree trimmer got stuck in a tree when several dead palm fronds slid down the tree trapping the man inside. The man was working alone when he notified his wife by cellphone that he needed help. Firefighters arrived shortly and worked to free the man.
Fire dispatchers received the call at 1:17 p.m. Saturday that the man was stuck in a tree behind a residence at 1605 Bryn Mawr Ave. (Rancho/Oakey).
On arrival, firefighters found the man inside a palm frond skirt about 35 feet up the tree. The skirt is made up of dead palm fronds and completely encircles the tree trunk which has the appearance of a skirt. The man was cutting the fronds from the tree overhead when the skirt broke completely free from the tree and slid down onto the man. The man had climbed up the tree using spikes that were attached to his boots and he was tied into the tree so he would not fall. With the weight of the fronds pushing down and man tied into the tree, he was trapped.
Firefighters from LVFR’s Technical Rescue Team used extension ladders to get to the man and checked his medical condition. At the same time they cut the fronds away so they had accessibility. A NV Energy truck was requested because firefighters first thought he would have to be brought down using an aerial device. Because of the location of the tree the aerial device would have to be operated near power lines. The man was brought down before the truck was needed.
The man was trapped in the tree for approximately 90 minutes. He was taken to the hospital for observation.
Instances like this one today have sometimes been fatal in other cities. This type of a call is a serious situation and is technical in nature while performing the rescue. Fortunately in this case the rescue was successful.
E10,44, T3, HR44, B10, PIO1
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