Fire brigade rescues woman in advanced labour from snow-bound home
A WATERFORD Fire Brigade tender had to be used to get a woman in advanced labour to the Cork-Waterford motorway from her snow-bound home for onward transfer to hospital.
The woman went into labour on Thursday evening but was unable to get from her Ardmore home uphill by car to the motorway for onward transfer to either Cork or Waterford hospitals.
Road conditions were so bad at the height of Storm Emma in west Waterford that even all-terrain ambulances couldn't reach the stranded woman.
The decision was taken to use a fire engine to reach the woman and bring her to the motorway for onwards transfer to a maternity hospital.
Its combination of a heavy chassis and high axles meant it was able to traverse snow-covered roads impassable to other vehicles.
The transfer worked and the woman was successfully brought to hospital.
She gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Tributes were paid today to the paramedics and fire brigade crew involved for their professionalism and skill.