Injured adventurer's rescue bill to be paid with tax dollars
Many emergency calls deal with people who 'do things that don't work out so well,' fire chief says
Thunder Bay taxpayers will be on the hook for the eight-hour rescue of a thrill-seeker this weekend.
A 24-year-old man was injured and stranded on Mount McKay Saturday night, when a parachute he was using failed to deploy. He had tried to use the parachute to descend the mountain, but it didn't open, and he took a major fall.
Thunder Bay Fire and Superior North EMS conducted an elaborate rescue operation that lasted most of the night.
Superior North deputy chief Don Stokes said adventurers don't get billed for a rescue.
"It happens very rarely here. The fire [department] was able to use their great skills and get this patient down, and it was a team effort between us and them,” he said.
Fire chief John Hay said he's never charged anyone for a rescue, but it could be an option.
"It's possible to look at it as a source of income, or to offset the cost of overtime as an example, to go perform the rescue,” he said, adding any decision on the matter would be up to city council.
"A lot of our calls deal with people that do things that don't work out so well. This one is not any more frustrating than people not being careful with their stoves."
Stokes noted the man will receive a $45 bill for the ambulance trip to hospital.