Roofer rescued from top of school

A roofer working on a 30ft-high building had to be rescued by firefighters when he suffered a suspected heart attack.

The man - believed to be in his 40s - was on scaffolding on top of Heathfield Infant School on Oldham Road in Rishworth yesterday morning when he started suffering chest pains.

Paramedics and fire crews from Elland, Halifax and Cleckheaton were called at 11.16am. A paramedic went to the top of the building so he could assess the man who was then brought to the ground using the firefighters’ combined aerial rescue platform.

The roofer was taken to an air ambulance which had landed in a near by field and transported to Leeds General Infirmary.

The combined aerial rescue platform was introduced to Halifax Fire Station in May. Its other rescues include helping a woman who was catapulted 30ft over a bridge in Elland.