Monday, February 4, 2013
Units were operating on location at a Working Barn Fire
in Little Britain, PA on Wednesday night.
Upon arrival firefighters found horses in the barn. Efforts to rescue the horses were made by the
property owners, firefighters and EMS crewmembers. This resulted in panicked horses running
uncontrolled on the fire scene. One
horse ran from the barn directly at EMT Maryann Mahan. The horse hit EMT Mahan full force and
crushed her against a fence. This was
witnessed by her fellow EMS Crewmembers EMT Jessica Jackson, EMT/Paramedic Phil
Mahan who is her husband and EMT Mallory Mahan who is her daughter.
The uninjured Mahans worked with fellow rescue workers to
package and transport their wife/mother/patient to the Trauma Center of
Lancaster General Hospital where she is being treated for a collapsed lung,
multiple broken ribs and other injuries.
All horses were successfully rescued from the barn fire.
1. Members of the
same family who serve together on a crew must be
prepared for the worst.
2. Crews must be
prepared to continue to render aid with the loss of a
3. Large animals
such as horses present unique hazards even to the
4. You can do the
right thing and still get hurt.
5. The challenges of serving as an officer will often be