Fire Fighters learn about wheelchairs-FDNY Recruits ICS: Firefighters learn how to transport wheelchairs.

Fire Fighters learn about wheelchairs

Fire Fighters learn about wheelchairs

Fire Fighters learn about wheelchairs

As long as a couple of months ago, a guy an electric wheelchair. Suffered a wheelchair users worst nightmare ? he ran out of battery power. Of course it is scary enough having to use a wheelchair, but this was in the middle of the night at 3 am to be more precise.

The electric wheelchair batteries packed up on him while he was heading home in a local park. Coincidentally, the driver of the wheelchair was a member of ICS and was forced to dial 911 for some help.

Consequently, his call was passed on to the new York City fire service (FDNY) . Although their usual speed and efficiency took them straight to the scene, a problem soon occurred?

Fire fighters could not handle a wheelchair

Able bodied citizens like myself cannot begin to think just how important a wheelchair or mobility scooter is to a disabled person. As soon as the batteries went flat, then there was nothing else this guy could do. All of a sudden he had lost his whole movement and must have felt hopelessly alone at 3 am in the morning. So, he just could not take a risk and had to dial the 911 number for help.

Ironically, the fire fighters turned up for the rescue but had nowhere to fit in the wheelchair. Consequently, they had to leave it on site and take the guy home without it. The next day, the guys cars manager went to the park to recover the wheelchair, only to find that it had been vandalized? The chair had to have a complete overall and i presume some new wheelchair batteries fitted.

Since the incident then the fire department have taken practice lessons about wheelchair handling in an emergency.

Eric writes stories about anything that includes disability issues for his mobilitybatterystore blog.

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