Fifteen obese people rescued by the fire service in one year
The number of obese people who had to be rescued by the fire service in Nottinghamshire rose slightly last year, new figures have shown.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out 15 times in 2015 to ‘bariatric rescues’, which involve specialist lifting equipment and slings – and sometimes require firefighters to remove windows, walls and banisters.
The figures were revealed by a Freedom of Information request, and do not state whether the people had to be rescued because they were stuck, or whether the operations were carried out during emergencies such as fires or crashes.
However, the most common way for the fire service to get involved in a bariatric rescue is through East Midlands Ambulance Service, who contact them for help getting their patient into an ambulance.
A total of 12 bariatric rescues were carried out in both 2014 and 2013, which was down from 15 in 2012. Up to June 30 this year, just five bariatric rescues had been carried out.
“As these figures show, the amount of bariatric rescues we are attending each year has increased recently,” said group manager Joanne Wooler-Ward, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. “However, we are well prepared for them and, as an emergency service, we are here to help people in distress, and we will always do that,”
“They can often be quite complex and drawn-out incidents, and normally involve us working very closely with our colleagues at East Midlands Ambulance Service to get individuals to a place of safety, this could be somewhere else in their home or into an ambulance.
“From there they can then get whatever help they need, which is the most important thing.”