Aberdeen and Wishkah Valley firefighters helped to get a man out of a tree yesterday afternoon. Michael Pauley, Assistant Chief of the Wishkah Fire Department said it was called in at 4:21 Thursday, Fire District #10 was dispatched to the 3200 block of the Wishkah Road for the report of a father stuck about 30 feet up in a tree.
A Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and learned that the 62-year-old man’s climbing gear became tangled and trapped him in the air. The first crews on scene were able to stabilize him, but couldn’t reach him well enough to get him down.
A mutual aid response from the Aberdeen Fire Department’s Ladder 10 was able to reach and lower him to the ground. No injuries were reported, but the man was fatigued from spending about 45 minutes hanging from a tree. He said he was trying to hang a cable on the tree to assist in its removal, but his climbing equipment ended up tangled.
In total there where two GH County Sheriff Deputies, four responders from Aberdeen Fire Department (3 – Ladder 10, 1 – Battalion Chief) and 6 responders from GHFD #10 (4 – Engine 10, 2 – Chiefs Officers)