London Fire Brigade

Bishopsgate - line rescue

06 December 2017

Firefighters helped rescue an injured man from the roof of a building in Bishopsgate in the City this afternoon.

One fire engine and a fire rescue unit attended and crews used specialist line rescue equipment to assist London Ambulance Service in lowering the man, who had suffered a broken leg, from the roof to the seventh floor of the building.

He was then taken to hospital by ambulance crews.

Crew Manager Leeroy Litchmore, who was at the scene, said: “The man was working on the roof of the building so we set up a line (rope) system to lower him to the seventh floor. It was a challenging incident in that we were very limited for space on the roof and we had to be very careful with how we got him out so we didn’t injure him further.

Two weeks ago we organised line rescue familiarisation with London Ambulance Service crews. That was put into good use at this incident and is an excellent example of blue light working with our emergency service colleagues across London.

“The Brigade doesn’t just deal with fires and our crews are also equipped and trained to deal with other emergencies where our assistance may be needed.”

The Brigade was called at 1246 and the incident was over for firefighters at 1413.