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West Hartford Firefighters Perform Rescue on Wood Pond

West Hartford firefighters treated a woman who fell on the ice on Wood Pond on Thursday. Courtesy photo

A woman was injured when she fell on the ice on Wood Pond in West Hartford on Thursday afternoon.

By Ronni Newton 

The West Hartford Fire Department extricated a woman who was injured in a fall on the ice on Wood Pond Thursday afternoon.

A 3:43 p.m., West Hartford Police and Fire dispatchers received a call that a person had fallen on – not into – the ice on Wood Pond.

Battalion Chief William Kall said that three units responded, including Quint 4, because of the nature of the equipment that was needed to safely extricate the injured party from the ice using a stokes basket.

“Any time we go out onto the ice we need to take extra precautions,” Kall said.

Kall said that the victim had sustained injuries to her right leg which were extremely painful but non life-threatening.

Paramedics from the West Hartford Fire Department provided medical care on the ice to stabilize her injury and provide pain management, Chief Greg Priest said.

Kall said that the ice was thick enough to support the weight of an adult, but cracking sounds could be heard as the rescue was taking place. No one fell through the ice, he said.

Kall said that there were skaters on the ice, as well as other bystanders in the area as the rescue was taking place.

The call originally sent emergency responders to Wood Pond Road, but Kall said that the woman was on the ice in the area closer to Waterside Lane, and units were diverted to that side of the pond where they were able to access the ice through the yard of a private residence.

The woman was extricated from the. ice by 4:10 p.m., and transported to Hartford Hospital by an American Medical Response ambulance. She was accompanied by a West Hartford Fire Department Paramedic.

Further information about the woman’s condition is not yet available.

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