5 October 2021
A man has sustained burns, a chest injury and suspected spinal injuries after falling onto burning logs while conducting backburning on his Lower Portland property on Monday evening.
The man, aged in his 60s, has then fallen approximately 10 metres down a slope and landed on a tree.
The Mounties Care CareFlight Helicopter was tasked at 5:00pm and landed 20 minutes later within the grounds of a neighbouring property. NSW Ambulance paramedics were providing initial treatment for the man and Fire and Rescue NSW were on scene to manage the backburning.
CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic conducted a clinical assessment on the patient, including an ultrasound, and administered pain relief while undertaking spinal precautions.
CareFlight’s medical team provided ongoing treatment for the man as he was airlifted in a stable condition to Royal North Shore Hospital.