Manchester, NH - Manchester Fire and AMR ambulance responded to a call for help at a homeless camp near the railroad tracks in the north end Monday at about 8:00 a.m.
The caller advised that there was a patient at the camp that had burns and needed medical assistance. Crews arrived near the end of Victoria Street and walked along the railroad tracks looking for the victim.
Dispatch worked to locate the victim by speaking to someone who was in the area with the victim. The 34-year-old man was located with a burn to his foot, and other
injuries not related to the burn to his leg.
Based on the injuries to the man's leg, and the difficult terrain the decision was made to request additional manpower and equipment to the scene. Engine 6 responded to the area of Chauncey Ave with the MFD “Gator” which provides an off-road 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The gator was brought to the wooded area along the tracks and the victim was assisted into the vehicle by AMR and Manchester Firefighters.
MFD Captain Peter Franggos said that it is one of the many encampments the Manchester Fire outreach team visits on a frequent basis. The outreach services allow firefighters to document the location of encampments and provide requested items such as hand warmers, gloves, and hats.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical attention to what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
©Jeffrey Hastings
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