04/09/12 256 W - + 3 - 4 Duck Rescue, Trench Rescue in Durham

Here's a pair of recent stories about unusual rescues in Durham. Last Saturday, reported this News & Observer story, the Durham Fire Department responded to Southpoint Mall to save 13 duckings that had fallen into a storm drain. Engine 16, which staffs the department's USAR team and operates a Sutphen quint, arrived about 1:00 p.m. One firefighter climbed down into the drain and was able to scoop out most of the birds. A few had wandered into a separate pipe, so they were flushed to safety (there's a phrase you don't hear often enough) using a hose. The entire operation took about 40 minutes. We'll add a few duck puns later. Rescue most fowl. Crews quacked up. Etcetera. 

Durham and Bahama firefighters performed a trench rescue a couple weeks ago, reported this Durham Herald story. They received the call about 6:50 p.m. at a residence at 603 Appaloosa Trail. They found a man trapped in an eight-foot deep trench, where a dirt wall had collapsed on two men doing waterproofing and drainage work. One escaped, but the other was buried to his chest. Among the Durham firefighter's rescue techniques was placing a ladder from the ground through a window in the house, to secure a rope under the man's arms. Five different firefighters worked in shifts in the ditch (and in the rain), and freed the man at 9:13 p.m. He was transported with minor injuries. No firefighters were hurt, but their equipment was rendered mud-covered. And that's the dirt on that one.

They also had a high angle rescue of window washers a couple weeks ago
Mike - 04/09/12 - 14:01

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