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By:  Mike Brady

All Terrain Res-Q

Nye County SAR Team Uses 'Kawasaki 610 Mule' and 'All Terrain Res-Q'
Trailer to Perform Successful Off-Road Rescue at Nevada Sand Dunes

Image provided by: Nye County Search & Rescue -- Tonopah, Nevada

Image provided by: Nye County Search & Rescue -- Tonopah, Nevada

Image provided by: Nye County Search & Rescue -- Tonopah, Nevada
Image provided by: Nye County Search & Rescue -- Tonopah, Nevada

TONOPAH, NV - On February 28, 2010, at 1400 hours, Nye County Search and Rescue in Tonopah, the Tonopah Volunteer Fire Department, and Nye County Ambulance Service units were dispatched to reports of a 4-wheeler accident with multiple injuries at a popular ATV riding location known as the Crescent Sand Dunes,  approximately 10 miles north of Tonopah, in west-central Nevada.

Upon arrival at the staging area, emergency response personnel found that an adult female passenger from the 4-wheeler accident, despite being injured, had managed to walk almost 2 miles back to the sand dunes parking area and called 911 for help.

The adult male operator, with serious multiple injuries, was laying 1.8 miles from the parking lot, at the bottom of a bowl.  The two had been riding a single seat sport type all-terrain vehicle in unfamiliar desert terrain.  Upon cresting the crescent dune at an unsafe speed, the 4-wheeler tumbled approximately 30 feet, coming to rest near the bottom of the bowl.

The adult male ATV operator was treated at the scene for neck, back, chest and leg injuries by EMTs from Nye County SAR and Nye County Volunteer Ambulance unit in Tonopah.  Once this patient was packaged for transport, Nye County Search & Rescue members loaded him on to their 'All Terrain Res-Q' trailer.   Towed by Tonopah VFD's 4X4 Kawasaki 610 Mule utility vehicle, this off-road patient transport trailer is the first of it's kind in central Nevada.

Nye County Search & Rescue EMTs, assisted by Tonopah VFD's Mule operator,  safely transported the victim to a waiting ambulance.  These rescuers covered a distance of almost 2 miles over soft sandy desert terrain in just 10 minutes!    Requiring only three rescuers to accomplish the carry out portion of this rescue mission not only saved time, it allowed other medical personnel to provide care to the 4-wheeler passenger's less serious injuries at the same time as her companion was being transported.

Without the All Terrain Res-Q off-road patient transport trailer, this mission would have required 6 to 10 additional personnel and 3 hours to carry the patient out to the waiting ambulance.   This savings of over two and one-half hours of walking in soft sand while carrying a patient in a basket stretcher also reduced the risk of injury to the emergency responders.  According to the trailer manufacturer, "All Terrain Res-Qs are 'time savers' and 'manpower multipliers' during off-road rescue missions in remote areas like this."

At the waiting ambulance, the patient was transferred from the rescue trailer's basket  stretcher to the ambulance stretcher without need of further packaging;  saving even more time.  In the words of Rick Motis, Commander of Nye County Search & Rescue in Tonopah:

"When dealing with off-road vehicle accident's in remote locations like the Crescent Sand Dunes, any amount of minutes saved often translates into lives saved!"

While the passenger was treated and released from a local hospital, the operator was flown via medical helicopter to a regional medical center for treatment of his injuries.

At last report, both ORV accident victims are recovering from their injuries.

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