Three fire fighters battle icy conditions to rescue woman stranded in powerchair

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Fire fighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue had to rescue a woman in icy conditions after her powerchair broke down in last week’s unforgiving weather.

Three members of the fire brigade spent half an hour pushing the disabled woman’s powerchair a quarter of a mile back to her home after she had become stranded in a chemist.

She had gone to seek help in her chair after she could not get into her home when the eight batteries in her powerchair ran flat, leaving her no choice but to take refuge in a local chemist.

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Police were initially called to help but were unable to reach the woman and so fire fighters came to her rescue.

Daz Robertson, station manager of Thorne fire station, told the Lancashire Post: “I thought, I’ll go push her back myself, not wanting to tie an appliance up.

“I tried pushing it myself and it was more of a wheelchair than I thought it would be.

“It was quite heavy and with the occupant in it and the conditions I thought I’m not going to be able to manage this on my own.”

“She was a bit stressed, I managed to calm her down … when we explained what we were doing and managed to get her home she really appreciated it.”



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