A 12-year-old girl was rescued by Langley firefighters after she fell in a steep ravine in Brookswood on Monday afternoon.
The accident happened in a ravine near the southwest corner of the Langley City off leash dog park, and emergency responders were alerted at about 3:40 p.m. The area is on the border of the City and Township, and while City firefighters got the call first, the incident technically took place in the Township. Both crews worked together on the rescue, with a City crew largely doing the rope work with an assist from some Township firefighters. Township crews secured the area for an Air Ambulance helicopter to land. Firefighters clambered down the wooded slope and strapped the girl to a basket-style stretcher, then used ropes attached to cedar trees to haul her up.
She was transferred to an ambulance, then taken to a field near the Langley Lawn Cemetery where an Air Ambulance landed and flew her to BC Children's Hospital.
The girl suffered a compound fracture of one leg and possibly some other injuries, but she was conscious when firefighters were getting her out of the ravine, said assistant City chief Peter Methot.
This is one of the few times local crews have had a chance to use their skills at rope rescue in some time, said Methot.
A year ago, one of the City department's crews did an exercise essentially identical to this scenario in a nearby ravine.
"You could go years without ever putting your skills into practice," said Methot.
Even so, the crews train to do at least one kind of rope rescue every month, whether that involves hanging off a building or using a construction crane.
While they were very happy with the way the rescue went, the City fire crews will be reviewing the ravine rescue to see what they can learn from it for the next incident, Methot said.
Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance / Firefighters from Langley City and Township worked to get a young girl out of a ravine after a bad fall Monday.;
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