City of Red Wing

Red Wing Fire Department Responds to Bluff Rescue

Tuesday, August 20 2013 12:00 AM

On August 20th at 9:48 am, the Red Wing Fire Department received a call reporting that a person had fallen off the north trail of Barn’s Bluff with unknown injuries.

Firefighter/paramedics were on the scene within 2 ½  minutes of receiving the call and arrived at the victim approximately 15 minutes later with rope rescue equipment. Two RWFD Paramedics descended the slope with medical and spinal immobilization equipment via ropes and harnesses to initiate patient care.


A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was used to rescue a person off of Barn Bluff's northeast side Tuesday morning. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

(Photo Courtesy of RW Republican Eagle)


The MN State Patrol helicopter (Task Force One) was dispatched upon receiving the call to assist with extricating the victim from the scene of the fall. Mayo One helicopter was also requested to stage at MCHS Red Wing to facilitate transport to tertiary care due the nature of the call.

After completing the rescue, the patient was transported to MCHS Red Wing via Red Wing Ambulance and subsequently transported in stable condition to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester by helicopter.

Over the past 1 ½ years Red Wing Fire has been training along with the State Patrol and St. Paul Fire for just such an occasion. Today that training paid off and the rescue went very well. Assisting at the scene in addition to the State Patrol was the Red Wing Police Department who arrived at the victim prior to the Fire Department and assisted in communicating with the rescue helicopter and setting up a landing zone at the Red Wing Wastewater Treatment Plant. Goodhue County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

RWFD regularly trains it’s Firefighter/Paramedics in rope rescue and that training paid off today said Captain Jim Eppen. We were able to get to the victim and set up a safe rescue. One Firefighter/Paramedic received a minor injury due to a falling rock and has declined treatment at this time.

The mission of the Red Wing Fire Department is to enhance the safety and security of the community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.


Contact:  Jim Eppen

Fire Captain

Red Wing Fire Department



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