The fire brigade was called out to assist ambulance services in rescuing an injured elderly woman from her home at The Priory apartment block, London Road, Brighton, today (July 8).

Fire services were called at 11.53am as the patient, who had suffered a fractured hip and leg, could not be safely moved from her third floor apartment.

A fire crew from Barcombe who happened to be in the area attended as well as an aerial ladder platform from Preston Circus Fire Station.

The crew from Preston Circus carried out the rescue by removing a window and carrying the patient out on a specialist stretcher.

The operation took a little over an hour and the patient was safely brought to the ground where the ambulance service took her to hospital.


Pictures by Mervyn Edmunds.