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Mendota, Ill., fire department conducts grain silo rescue


On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:20 P.M. the Mendota Fire Department was dispatched to a Cellular 911 Report of a male subject trapped inside of a grain storage facility.

First arriving crews found a male subject engulfed with corn up to his neck, and requested the County's Technical Rescue Team. Firefighters gained access to the roof of the facility and made an openeing in the roof above the victim.

Department personnel who are trained to the Technician Level were lowered via a haul system from the department's aerial tower to the patient and were able to adminster oxygen. Crews attempted to build a box crib around the patient and prevent any further engulfment.

Due to the severity of the patient's location and knowing that this would be an extended extrication, a request was made for two additional Technical Rescue Teams (MABAS Division 6 and MABAS Division 13), as well as REACT Helicopter.

The patient was succesfully extricated from the facility at approximately 15:45 and transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital.

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