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Technical rescue in Minooka, 1-23-20

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

The Minooka Fire Protection District received a call about 12:45 p.m. Thursday about a man buried to his waist in a grain bin on West Mondamin Street owned by Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co. Firefighters worked through the early afternoon to remove grain from the silo in order to free the man shortly after 4 p.m. The man was rescued and feeling well. He was conscious and breathing while firefighters worked to free him.

About 20 fire departments assisted with the rescue. A Vac-Con vacuum truck at the scene removed grain from around the man so that he could be freed.

It only takes two or three seconds for a person to become trapped in flowing grain, and another 10 seconds to become completely submerged, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database’s website.

industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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industrial accident at the Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co

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Technical rescue in Manteno, 1-8-20

From the Orland Fire Protection District Facebook page:

On January 8, 2020, the Blue CART Team was activated to assist Manteno Fire with a grain bin rescue. Orland responded with Engine 5, Squad 2, Chief 3, and our communications director. Shortly after arriving, it was determined this would be a body recovery. The incident site had multiple grain silos. The silo the victim was in was over 100 feet tall, with extremely limited access. Rescuers used Manteno’s 100-foot tower ladder that reached an access walkway which led to a ladder, then went up another 15 feet to the top of a silo. There was not a lot of room, and with the wind, the temperature was in the single digits. It was decided that they would take their time and rig a lower system since the victim was about 90 feet down the silo. Orland’s Technical Rescue Team members Lieutenant Schick and Lieutenant Girdick were the team to be lowered down into the silo to make the recovery. Though this was a recovery and every precaution was made, it was not any less dangerous, as there was still shifting product and limited visibility. This was an extremely tough rescue, and not any less dangerous than a live rescue. Our members performed professionally, safely, and with all the skills they have learned over the many years as technical rescue team members.

Chief 3 assisted in the command structure. Communications Director Bill Neumann flew our drone which was extremely helpful for command since the rescue was 110 feet in the air. Firefighter Tuburan (CART) assisted in the operations and Engineer Michael Meyrick worked in support of the operation. Once again a job well done by all involved in this tragic situation.

Fire Chief Mike Schofield

Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Blue Cart Team technical rescue

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Man dies after electrocution in Addison, 3-28-17

This from John Tulipano:

Firefighters from Addison and Lombard worked to free a victim who was trapped in a tree after being electrocuted in the area of Villa Avenue and Myrick today (3/28/17).

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A 51-year-old man died and another was critically injured Tuesday afternoon after they were shocked by power lines while trimming trees in an Addison backyard.

Jose Fulgencio-Hueramo, of Melrose Park, was pronounced shortly before noon at Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.

At about 11 a.m., Fulgencio-Hueramo and another person were cutting limbs in a backyard near Villa Avenue and Myrick Avenue in Addison where both individuals made contact with the power lines.

One person was thrown from the ladder adjacent to the tree and landed on the ground. The second person was secured in the tree. When ComEd turned off power to the lines, firefighters got them down from the tree. One was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

“They were able to cut the power to the power lines, and at that point firefighters from Lombard and Addison went up there and were able to extricate the gentleman from the tree at that time,” said Joe Leone, the Addison fire chief.

Police said the victims appear to not be with a private tree-cutting service.

It was immediately unclear how the individuals got tangled in the power lines.

firefighters remove stokes basket from fire truck

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firefighters in tower ladder platform

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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firefighter cuts vegetation along wooden fence

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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firefighters remove patient in tower ladder platform

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Superior Air Med helicopter on scene

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Wheeling crash with rescue 8/8/16

Wheeling firefighters along with mutual aid companies from several surrounding towns were sent to the area of 9930 Capitol Drive on Monday afternoon for a reported car into a pond with people trapped. Wheeling Chief 2400 was the first on the scene advising that a car was perched over a concrete retaining wall with at least one occupant inside. Along with the divers and boats that were en route, an urgent request was made for a tow truck to secure the car so firefighters could retrieve the driver.

Several of the incoming units were returned after the nature of the incident was known and work began to secure the SUV and then remove the driver, who proved to be the only occupant.

tow operator secures car stuck on a wall

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fire department divers view a car on a retaining wall with the driver inside

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firefighters secure a car with a rope around a tree

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fire department divers view a car on a retaining wall with the driver inside

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fire department divers remove the driver from a car on a retaining wall

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firefighter paramedics carry a patient up a hill

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The driver sheared off a fire hydrant and hit two cars before plunging over the retaining wall.

crash site with mini van and SUV

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fire department divers decon

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an SUV dangles over a retaining wall of a pond

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heavy wrecker picks up car from retention pond

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Building collapse in the North Maine FPD, 5-19-16 (more)

this from Deputy Chief Drew Smith:

After action report on the Building collapse in the North Maine FPD, 5-19-16 

Microsoft Word - AfterActionCollapse-North Maine.docx

photo by Deputy Chief Drew Smith

photo by Deputy Chief Drew Smith

DesPlaines FD Tower 61

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thermal imaging of building collapse

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damage to building from explosion

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damage to building from explosion

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damage to building from explosion

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Microsoft Word - AfterActionCollapse-North Maine.docx

damage to building from explosion

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technical rescue team shores damaged building

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technical rescue team shores damaged building

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technical rescue team shores damaged building

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previous posts are HERE and HERE

 

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Building collapse in the North Maine FPD, 5-19-16 (more)

More images and audio from the gas explosion 5/19/16 at 9955 Linda Lane in the North Maine FPD.

fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue truck with lumber

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Building collapse in the North Maine FPD, 5-19-16

North Maine FPD companies responded just after 9AM this morning (5/19/16) to 9955 Linda Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines for an explosion. What is being called a gas explosion caused significant damage to a three-story building. A TRT Box Alarm was requested to the 3rd level for technicians and an EMS Box Alarm was pulled as a precaution. One firefighter and one civilian were reported to be transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

aftermath of building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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fire department technical rescue crews at a building collapse

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