Archive for the ‘Technical Rescue’ Category

Crews Remove Stranded Monorail Passengers at Zoo

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

March 25 – Apple Valley firefighters assisted dozens of passengers after they were trapped on the monorail at Minnesota Zoo.

At 1:13 p.m., crews from Apple Valley Station 2 were called to the Minnesota Zoo, at 13000 Zoo Blvd., to assist zoo staff in removing passengers from the monorail. “Upon arrival we were informed that the monorail had stalled and could not be restarted,” Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson said.

Forty-four passengers were stranded 18 feet above the ground.

Firefighters placed ground ladders to the first car on the monorail. ¬†According to Thompson, “passengers were then assisted with moving forward from car to car and then climbing down the ground ladders.”

Thompson said they carried several children to safety and helped many others. All riders were safely on the ground by 2:06 p.m.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 3, 22, and Ladder 3

Man Pinned Under Metro Bus in St. Paul

March 5, 2011 1 comment
Twin Cities Metro Transit, St. Paul Firefighter, Man trapped under bus

Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

Man trapped up Twin Cities Metro Transit Bus, St. Paul firefighter paramedics

Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

March 5 – A citizen flagged down a passing ambulance just moments after it was discovered that a Metro Bus was dragging a man on a downtown St. Paul street early Saturday.

A witness at the scene told Twin Cities Fire Wire that the bus pulled over on 5th Street, between Minnesota and Robert Streets after the man was discovered being dragged by the bus. The man was pinned between the bottom of the bus and a snow bank.

St. Paul Medic 8 was returning from a previous call just after midnight when they were flagged down.  The crew request additional assistance. Engine 8, Ladder 8 and Squad 1 were dispatched.

Using hand tools, firefighter quickly freed the man.

He was packaged and transported to Regions Hospital with unknown injuries.

  • Assignment: Engine 8, Ladder 8, Medic 8 and Squad 1

Occupants Safe After Car Enters Water in Forest Lake

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Several East Metro agencies were called to a lake in Forest Lake on Sunday after a vehicle went through the ice.

Forest Lake crews were called out about 3 p.m.

“The fire chief says two people were inside the car, but they managed to get out before crews got to the scene,” according to KSTP-TV.

White Bear Lake Fire and the Washington County Dive Team were called to assist Forest Lake crews.


Stillwater, St. Charles Incidents Featured in National Magazines

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Two major incidents in Minnesota — a water rescue and a major commercial fire — were written up in national media publications this month.

Here in the metro, Lakeview EMS Paramedic Scott Tomek details the April 2008 water rescue response in the St. Croix River for the November issue of EMS World magazine.

Units from Stillwater fire and police departments, Lakeview EMS and the Washington County Dive Team coordinated efforts to locate and remove four occupants of vehicle that drove off land and into the river. Read how each agency played critical roles in removing the occupants from the vehicle submerged in 30 degree water.

“Preparing to do a final sweep of the vehicle, firefighter/diver Tim Bell … began to sweep the inside with his hand, he felt a leg. He pulled on it
and, to his surprise, the leg pulled back.”

Tomek shares the tactics deployed by EMS and fire crews and the lessons learned from the response.

In the November/December issue of the NFPA Journal, Stephen. G. Badger reports on the costliest fires in the U.S. for 2009. The April 2009 fire at the North Star Foods meat packing plant in St. Charles is listed in the top 10.

The fire, which destroyed the 30,000-square-foot facility, caused $50 million in damage.

According to the article, “Firefighters had trouble reaching the fire because of barriers and obstructions created by multiple ceilings and extensive piping between the ceilings.”

Related Articles

Car Crashes, Rolls Over in St. Paul Home

November 23, 2010 1 comment

Photo by Paul Barrett

Twin City Fire Wire Photo

St. Paul firefighters extricated the lone occupant of a vehicle after it crashed into a St. Paul home and came to rest on the passenger’s side on Tuesday evening.

About 9 p.m., crews were dispatched to a reported car that struck a house with a gas leak at 2204 Hartford Ave. The one-story home is located in a T-shaped intersection with West Montrose Lane in front.

Engine 19 arrived and reported a vehicle that was inside the home with an occupant trapped.  It appears the vehicle was driving south on Montrose and drove directly into the structure.

The car, a two-door Ford Focus, was resting on the passenger’s side in the living room area. The engine compartment was partially elevated and broke through the wall into the dining room of the structure.

According to St. Paul District Chief Patrick Smith, the residents of the home were out when the crash occurred.

Squad 2 worked with other companies on the scene to stabilize the vehicle using chocks.

They removed the roof to free the male occupant in about 15 minutes.

He was transported by St. Paul Medic 14 to an areas hospital with unknown injuries.

  • Assignment: Engines 19, 10, 5, Ladder 10, Squad 2, Medics 5, 14 and 18, Chief 1, Car 20.