Suffield Emergency Services rescue 27 year old man injured in local quarry on Tuesday evening
On February 27, 2018 at approximately 4:48 P.M, the Suffield Police Department received an emergency 9-1-1 call regarding a person who had fallen off a rock formation in the Suffield Quarry located on Quarry Road at Phelps Road.
This area is located in West Suffield near the Granby town line. The property, which is privately owned, is a location that is familiar with Suffield emergency services as the site where numerous similar emergency rescues have been conducted in the past. The top of the mountain is about a half-mile hike from the intersection of Quarry and Phelps roads. It is covered with trees, and the cliff facing the intersection is covered with sharp, ridged rock from past quarrying.
Suffield first responders from the Suffield Police Department, Suffield Fire Department, andSuffield Volunteer Ambulance responded and arrived on scene within minutes, providing emergency medical care to the twenty-seven (27) year male victim, while members of the Suffield Fire Department and Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association (SVAA) begandeploying special off-road vehicles and equipment to rescue the victim.
The victim was treated, stabilized to prevent further injury, and transported approximately ¼ of one mile out of the wooded and rocky terrain. The victim, who is not a resident of Suffield, was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries by Suffield Volunteer Ambulance.
Granby Police assisted Suffield Police with temporarily shutting down roadways to all traffic on Quarry Road and Phelps Road as the rescue operation commenced.
This rescue, which lasted approximately forty-five (45) minutes, was successfully and safely conducted as a result of the joint cooperation and interoperability of Suffield Fire Department, Volunteer Ambulance, and Police Department.
Suffield Police want to renew our request to stay off the Suffield Quarry property. The owners of this privately owned area, have authorized Suffield Police to make arrests of those found trespassing in this area. No Trespassing signs are highly visible throughout the area. Despite this, Suffield first responders continue to respond to several emergency calls at thissite every year. The last fatality at this location site occurred during 2001 when an 18-year-old male from Agawam, Massachusetts died from injuries sustained from falling from a 200 foothigh cliff in the quarry.
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