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Video: Rescue Squad, Ambulance with Patient, Towed Out of Snow on Hawthorne St. at Arlington Heights Rd

Wed February 02 2011 11:34 am
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An Arlington Heights Fire Department rescue ambulance and rescue squad are towed out by a fire department utility truck during the Ground Hog Day Blizzard of 2011.

Fire departments from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and others among the brotherhood had one extra thing in common last night — their fire engines and ambulance got stuck in the snow.

Buffalo Grove had a fire engine stuck early — about 9:00 p.m. Then Wheeling reported trouble while trying to reach a patient for an EMS call. A FedEx semi-trailer truck stranded at Palatine Road and Wolf Road blocked their access to an emergency call. Elk Grove Village Fire Department had several incidents of stranded emergency vehicles — particularly on Busse Road. One ambulance was buried by the white out snow as it was stuck.

Arlington Heights Road had a fire engine stuck on Dundee Road near Carriageway. About 12:45 a.m. a rescue ambulance from Arlington Heights Fire Department got stuck in the snow on Hawthorne Street at Arlington Heights Road. Within minutes a utility truck — a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was designated to respond to these types of emergencies arrived. First the ambulance was attached to a towing strap and pulled out to Arlington Heights Road where a southbound lane had a recent pass from a plow. The ambulance proceeded to the hospital. Next, the rescue squad. Firefighters had a little more difficult time because its wheels were stuck a little deeper. After some digging near the wheels and undercarriage, the squad was pulled out to northbound Arlington Heights Road.

Then it was Rolling Meadows turn with an emergency vehicle stuck on Rohlwing Road.

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  • Current Conditions : 61.1F, Clear - 4:36 PM CST Feb. 19
    Temperature: 61.1°F | Humidity: 37% | Pressure: 30.07in (Steady) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: ENE | Wind Speed: 1.0mph
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    Washingtons Birthday - Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the 60s. Highs in the mid 60s inland...but only in the 50s near the lake. South winds 10 to 20 mph.
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    Tonight - Mostly clear then becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
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    Monday Night - Cloudy with showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Unseasonably warm. Lows near 50 in the suburbs... but in the mid 50s downtown. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Inland, gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Near the lake, gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.


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