The North Lakes Fire Department formed a Rescue Crew in 2008 with the main focus of vehicle extrication. This dedicated crew doubled up on monthly meetings, and for quite a while met every week, to prepare themselves to respond to vehicle accidents that required extrication. In 2009 they achieved that goal and became available for calls.
The crew also has the ability to respond with a Rescue Toboggan to pick injured people up from remote snowmobile trails. This is very useful in our area not only for snowmobile trails but for the remote areas that have no vehicle access in the winter, such as Square Lake.
The members are continually expanding their knowledge to improve their response. The entire crew was trained to the level of Unlicensed First Responder. We also have 1 Paramedic, 1 AEMT, and 3 EMTs.
For vehicle accidents, the North Lakes Crews respond with at least 2 apparatus. The first one is Engine 2, housed in Cross Lake. This truck contains the JAWs unit as well as other tools needed for extrication including rescue struts, sawz-all, traffic cones, medical supplies and much more. The other one is Rescue 4. This is the newest addition to our fleet and comes with a set of JAWS, built in power reels, air bags, medical supplies and many other tools needed for vehicle extrication.
For snowmobile accidents / rescues, the North Lakes Crews respond with one or both of their Rescue Toboggans. The one housed in Cross Lake is a "Rescue Boggan". This model has independent suspension for a smooth ride, has a seat for the EMT to sit and monitor the patient and allows the patient to be placed out of the wind. The 2nd one is merely a pull behind sled that offers little protection for the patient and EMT, but gets the job done.
North Lakes also covers some very remote areas that are only accessible by snowmobile in the winter. Requests to these areas could include anything from picking up a patient to a full blown structure fire. North Lakes has the tools and training necessary to travel to these remote locations and perform the job that is required.
For ATV accidents / rescues, the North Lakes Crews respond with one or both of their ATV units. The one housed in Cross Lake is a UTV made by Yamaha. This model allows two people to sit inside and has a small bed on the back where a patient could be placed. While the one in Madawaska Lake is a mini-truck which can also seat 2 inside and also has a bed on the back.
North Lakes also covers some very remote areas that are only accessible by ATV in the summer. Requests to these areas could include anything from picking up a patient to a wildland fire. North Lakes has the tools and training necessary to travel to these remote locations and perform the job that is required.