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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Saturday was a bit nuts.
It's was sunny, Megeve skiers are blue sky skiers ONLY. I was at the post at the top of the main access lifts so I expected to be busy.
First alarm at 11 ish, and its the first anywhere in the resort.
Simple, knee injury, Mexican student studdying in Paris, prefers english. No problems. On the way down the hill and before I got back up, there were 3 more alarms!
2 min after I restock my sled (We carry a blanket, a leg brace and an arm brace - both vaccum splints). I get an alarm for the kids play area 100m away. I hed up on foot.
Turns out its a 77 year old english bloke who fell over in Cote 2000 and kept skiing, now his hip hurts to much to make furthre progress. With the help of 2 others we get him ina sled on a full body vaccum matteras. I have a suspicion he was being overly stoic, unlike his two panicked friends.
When I get back up the next time, we are up to alarm 8, one has been in progress for 2+ hours, turned out to be a broken humerous and heli lifted out.
I am now way to late for lunch at my alloted spot so I head up to the Arpette for lunch at 2.40pm!
After lunch I stay at the main patrol post as there needs to be somone there (normaly 6) and not go back to my normal spot (just one there).
As we start to close the runs for the day we are realy playing a juggling act as we don't have 1/2 the number iit takes to shut the runs.
I am on the lift up to get back to the main post and I see Max struggling with a rescue, I ski down to help.
We ended up with what origionaly was a bum knee, with 4 of us, off piste sled, full body matteras and callinga heli - PGHM doc thought it was just a badly messed up knee - she was cold and the knee was swelling a lot - turned out to be broken Femur.
We along with the patients boyfriend have to be hauled out of where we are one at a time by snowmobile up a pist that isn't normaly ridden on a snowmbile, but it's dark and late and its 1/4 the distance. Ski home in the pitch black by headtorch

The heli pickup, I am the pisteur on the left with grey booots (White in the middle of the heal)


http://youtube.com/v/FpkQdqQlMDw

As we were in the middle of this rescue we had one final call out from the piste basher drivers in cote 2000 Report of an injured person on the Chalet piste. We haven't opened that one yet this year. A patroler was dispatched Nd found a drunk ski toured. He was helped, given a scolding and sent on his way.


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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Idris, you are a megastar! Your reports show that we all need to take care. I hope I never meet you in a professional capacity!
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Idris wrote:
Megeve skiers are blue sky skiers ONLY.


So true. snowHead
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Good stuff. I had wondered whether to stop and stay hi when we are next in your area (I assume you are based in the hut at the top of the Arpette chair) but it sounds as if you don't have too much time for chatting!
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I used to be an ocean lifeguard and would dread sunny, windless days with a little bit of swell. Nonstop action from dawn till closing!

Seriously, thank you for all you do, @Idris!
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j b wrote:
Good stuff. I had wondered whether to stop and stay hi when we are next in your area (I assume you are based in the hut at the top of the Arpette chair) but it sounds as if you don't have too much time for chatting!


Happy to chat. Any day thats not nuts busy. Yes normally top of Arpette, Saturday was my once or twice a month at the top of Caboche and 2 - 3 times a month I'm at the top of Cote 2000
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Nothing much of note, because we haven't had ble sky.

So here is two pics from the top of the Arpette Chair after the last big rescue



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Thanks @Idris.

No blue skies at the moment, looks horrible on the webcams. I am crossing all fingers for some follow-up snow to restore conditions before we come out on Sunday.
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Never a dull moment with the piste patrol on a busy Saturday. Hopefully you've got a bit of recovery during the week.
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Chronology of an accident. Just after lunch.
Call for arm injury next to teleski Moutely.
I set off from the Patrol Station at Arpette as the Patroler based at Caboche is already on a call out (he is nearer, would normally respond).
I arrive to find 2 pairs of skis crossed, 4 kids (9 - 13) and a stressed mum, standing next to dad. Lay on the floor with his right arm stuck out at 90 degrees.
Mum tries to talk to me in broken French - they are from London.
I put my Secours/Rescue banner uphill of us to stop getting runover.
After a quick look and a few questions to dad/James it's his shoulder that is unhappy.
I need space to think, I assure mum and kids dad will be well taken care of, we swap phone numbers. I Replace the eldest kids jacket under dad's head with my own. Mum takes off with the kids.
James is not in much pain if I don't move him. His wrist if fine, his elbow is not injured but he doesn't want to bend it more than 10 degrees.
Shoulder is very unhappy if I try and move it.
I can't move him even with help as he won't fit in a sledge with his arm like that.
I decide to call the emergency medical services. We do have a shortcut number but only for life threatening injuries.
30 second I get an answer, 3 min I speak to a medical regulator, 5 min I am on conference call with the regulator and the PGHM.
I explain the case, nothing life threatening, but transport impossible without medical intervention. I only need a doctor, they will fit me in between rescues/extractions.
They say help arrives in less than 20 min and to turn my radio to E Channel.
I quickly call the patrol post tel them I need 2 Patrolers to help shut down the piste and land a heli. I trun my radio to E.
I now phone the patrol post explain a bit more and ask them to call the central office and get me an accident number.
While I wait I get out my tablet and fill in all Jamie's details now I have the accident number to activate it.
A patroller arrives along with a Snowmaker and an Electrician on their snowmobiles to help ( there are 3 rescues in process at the moment).
Max (the patroller) turns his radio to E so I can go back to communicating with everyone else and he takes up position in the field next to the piste to land the heli.
Momo and Niko, use thier respective snowmobiles and 10m of fence to shut half the width of the piste. (to be continued)
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Idris wrote:
Chronology of an accident. Just after lunch.
Call for arm injury next to teleski Moutely.
(to be continued)

Poor sods on tenterhooks like the rest of us. wink
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T Bar wrote:
Idris wrote:
Chronology of an accident. Just after lunch.
Call for arm injury next to teleski Moutely.
(to be continued)

Poor sods on tenterhooks like the rest of us. wink


Live TR?? Laughing Laughing
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Idris wrote:
I put my Secours/Rescue banner uphill of us to stop getting runover.
Having assisted in maybe half a dozen accidents where the injured party was prone in the middle of the piste protected by two or more pairs of crossed skis, it astonishes me how close and how fast some fecking idiots are prepared to get to the scene of an accident, potentially making a bad situation far worse. On one occasion some **** actually skied at speed between two pairs of crossed skis. What is the matter with these people? Have some respect for the people you share the slopes with.
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@rob@rar, Some tw@t skied between the crossed ski's and me (the injured skier) once!!
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T Bar wrote:
Idris wrote:
Chronology of an accident. Just after lunch.
Call for arm injury next to teleski Moutely.
(to be continued)

Poor sods on tenterhooks like the rest of us. wink


Sorry got called out to resce omone while I was typing...these things happen.

20min after I was told the heli will arrive, Dragon 74 (Red and yellow and beloning to Security civil, not to be confused with Chucas 74 which is Blue and White and belongs to the PGHM) arrives.
A bit of a surpirse to me, I am used to delays and delays.
The doc and his helpers (always one Gendarm and one Pompier) come over to assess James.
The doc initialy tries to put his shoulder back into positon without pain killers or muscle relaxant (I have personaly done this to my own shoulders so I know it can be done). It dosen't work.
A large dose of (what I think is) Ketamine and James is away with the fairies. 3 of us hold steady as the doctor wings on his arm and manages to get it back in place.
At 6'2 and 97kg you need a fair bit of leverage to put a shoulder back in.
James will now fit in the sledge. I call the central office to get an ambulance.
With a bit of help from the doc, Max and I load James as the others are packing up.
As Dragon 74 spools up its engines for takeoff, I am pulling the sledge away form the side of the piste to head down.
A few min later I arrive at Payot, a little side road just above the base of Rochebrune, this is where we meet ambulances. I stop just shy of the gap in the fence, kick my skis off.
The two ambulance guys come and help me pivot the sledge 90 degrees so we can drag it onto the road behind the ambulance. Even with 3 its not easy, Patient + his gear and the sledge is 130+kg.
Stretcher next to sled, James is happy if confused (Ketamine) as we help him slide over.
The ambulance guys have a short form I fill in as we swap responsibility. I explan the basics of whats wrong with James and that he only comunicates in English. They take a photo of the details on my tablet so they don't need to ask a guy seen rainbows how to spell his street address.
As the ambulance pulls away I radio in that all is done. I sit on my sled to finish filling in the accident report and txt his other half which whats happend and where to find him - I got a lovely txt back a few hours later to say he was home and safe.
Riding back up in the Rochebrune Telepherique it's taken me under 2 hours form callout to back at base, including a helecopter intervention, quite quick all in all.

Sorry no picks from this rescue, so here is this mornings heli taking off


http://youtube.com/v/uDkfoYg7GzI
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Idris, this is how you do it


http://youtube.com/v/Z5LpEHxAxKQ?feature=shared

and when it doesn't quite work as you hoped


http://youtube.com/v/bnpjzH4vcTk

we had to put a friend's shoulder back into place when he dislocated it on a ski tour once, luckily we had a nurse in the group, all I had to do was hit him with my pole
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@Idris, Another fantastic report of an incredible job done. I know it's all in a day's work to you - but it's really good to read about. Good that you got a "lovely email". You deserve it.
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@Idris Would Dragon 74 cover Courchevel too?
One day early Feb there was a skier being treated off the side of the Plantrey slope on a side access slope. About 7 or 8 securte des pistes guys so looked serious. Helicopter came in and was looking to land. We stopped upslope. Pisteurs closed slope off, red & yellow heli landed on the ony flat bit of slope, and I assume a doctor jumped out, then the heli left.
Quite impressive stuff with the heli no more than 50m away and 15m below us.
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JDL65 wrote:
@Idris Would Dragon 74 cover Courchevel too?
One day early Feb there was a skier being treated off the side of the Plantrey slope on a side access slope. About 7 or 8 securte des pistes guys so looked serious. Helicopter came in and was looking to land. We stopped upslope. Pisteurs closed slope off, red & yellow heli landed on the ony flat bit of slope, and I assume a doctor jumped out, then the heli left.
Quite impressive stuff with the heli no more than 50m away and 15m below us.


That would be Dragon 73.
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@Idris,

Thank you for telling us how you work to help us when we need it.

How are the different helicopters from Security Civil, PGHM, SAF or other helicopter operators chosen for each "rescue"? Is it purely on which helicopter is available at the time of the incident?
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