Flagstaff Firefighters rescue man trapped in storm drain for two days

August 5th, 2018 at 11:03 AM

Just before 0530 hours today, the FFD dispatched two engines, a quint, a technical rescue vehicle and a battalion chief to the report of a person trapped in a storm drain on the east side of Flagstaff. Engine 3 was the first to arrive on scene and found the subject was 30 feet down a series of storm drains and 40 yards horizontal from where he fell. The patient stated he had been  trapped for 2 days in adverse weather conditions and standing water, and was suffering from multiple injuries and the effects of prolonged exposure. Members from the FFD Technical Rescue Team entered the confined space to stabilize, package and extricate the patient using a flexible plastic SKED device designed explicitly for this type of rescue. This highly technical and labor- intensive operation took 2 hours with nine on-duty FFD members. Guardian Medical Transport (1 paramedic and 1 EMT) assisted efforts on scene, and then transported the patient with a FFD paramedic to Flagstaff Medical Center for further evaluation and definitive treatment and care. The FFD would like to remind its citizens that storm drains are very dangerous at all times, but especially during the raging monsoon season like we are currently experiencing. Never attempt to access these storm systems. Stay safe.

Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Fire Department
Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Fire Department
Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Fire Department
Photo courtesy of Flagstaff Fire Department

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