Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Rescue Trapped Motorist

Lakeside, CA -

A traffic collision with entrapment brought a full rescue response from Lakeside firefighters on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The incident in the 9600 block of Los Coches Road required the attendance of Lakeside Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 3, Medic 3, and Battalion 1. Firefighter-paramedics provided immediate advanced life support care for the trapped driver while other crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to extricate her from the severely damaged vehicle. Once freed from her vehicle, the injured driver was transported by Lakeside firefighter-paramedics to an area trauma center. The accident is under investigation by the CHP.

Firefighter Todd Welch stands-by with a charged hoseline.

Once the doors are removed, firefighters go to work on the "B" pillar.

Engineer-paramedic Chris Downing makes the final cut on the bottom of the "B" pillar.

Complete side removal allows safe extrication of an injured occupant.

Story by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain John Hisaw, Lakeside Fire District

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