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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO CALL FOR TECH RESCUE


02/22/21
               

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire Department

509.892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO CALL FOR TECH RESCUE

WORKER RESCUED FROM GRAIN ELEVATOR

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) crews were called to the area of Alki and Fancher where a worker had slipped while in the grain elevator. He was getting ready to receive a delivery.  The fall was approximately 19 feet.  The worker received injury to his leg and arm.  Both injuries were non-life threatening.

Spokane Valley Fire Technical Rescue Crews received assistance from the City of Spokane Fire Department (SFD) and their Technical Rescue Team.  The rescue took approximately 25 – 30 minutes.  An air monitor was put down in the underground elevator shaft to assure quality air was available for the patient and everyone working to rescue the patient. As a precaution, all running, or capable of running machinery near the rescue location is disabled and locked out for the duration of the extrication.

Once the patient was extricated, he was quickly transported by AMR to an area hospital.

SVFD trains regularly on technical rescue.  It is a skill that is brought into use regularly in the Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire District.  Our Tech Rescue Team is dedicated to rescuing victims of falls, both high and low angle, or any other situation where someone is unable to rescue themselves safely.

Spokane Valley Fire Department is reminding residents during the month of February that winter is a time of year where falls can occur due to slippery, wet, and icy conditions.  Take caution and go a little slower. It is also a time when more fires occur. Please make sure you have working smoke alarms and test them regularly.  Also, if you are using portable heaters, make sure to turn them off at night and only to plug them straight into the outlet. Never plug them into an extension cord.

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About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 emergency calls.

Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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