Breckenridge firefighters rescue man in elevator shaft |

Breckenridge firefighters rescue man in elevator shaft

Special to the Daily/RWBFirefighters Monday had a tricky rescue involving a man who'd fallen down an elevator shaft in a home under renovation.

A man fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Monday in Breckenridge in a home undergoing major renovations. He was found conscious and breathing by Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District firefighters who responded to the call. Because the home had no stairs in place, the only access to the man was by climbing down approximately 20 feet via two ladders, where firefighters secured the patient to an extrication sled, carried him through an open window to the basement of the house and lifted him via a rope pulley system.They carried him approximately 150 feet through deep snow and then hoisted him with a mechanical advantage system over a retaining wall to an ambulance.”Our skilled personnel, training and technical rescue equipment, including the use of the District’s latest addition to our fleet, a 100-foot aerial tower, all played a key role in this successful rescue,” fire chief Gary Green said. “Although these types of technical rescue emergencies are few and far between, the response is indicative of the all-hazard services that we provide to our community.”Red, White & Blue firefighters trained for this specific type of incident just the day before. “We trained on different scenarios based on a low-angle rescue situation,” battalion chief Paul Kuhn said. “That was exactly the circumstance we encountered when we arrived at the house,” he said.

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