Fire fighters use aerial ladder platform to take man down from scaffolding in Costessey so ambulance crew can treat him for breathing difficulties

Firefighters had to use an aerial ladder platform to help ambulance crews treat a man who encountered breathing difficulties while on scaffolding in Costessey.

Appliances from Earlham, Sprowston and Carrow were called to a building site in Poethlyn Drive in Costessey at just after 1.10pm today to help the ambulance service with a patient on some scaffolding who was assessed using the basket from the aerial ladder platform.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) said: 'We were called at 12.47pm and had a rapid response vehicle and ambulance attend.

'The initial report came in as a patient with breathing problems. We believe it was a man in his 20s. The patient also had back pain as well.

'The fire service brought him down and we put him on a stretcher, treated him at the scene and took him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further assessment.'

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