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Specially-Trained Firefighters Save Man Trapped Under Thousands of Pounds of Pipe


Three thousand pounds of pipe pinned a man’s leg and trapped him for nearly and hour Thursday.

“We had a whole medical group that took care of him. They started an IV, applied oxygen, monitored his vital signs [and] put him on the cardiac monitor,” said John Jansen, Deputy Chief of Vacaville Fire.

All that just to stabilize the trapped man, while specially trained Firefighters experienced in removing heavy objects from people were called to the scene.

“We actually take mannequins and throw them under metal, throw them underneath pipe … That’s the closest way we could simulate a rescue,” said Jansen.

Their training paid off 51 minutes after the accident, when the man was pulled out and quickly air lifted to Kaiser Sacramento.

We tried to talk with the owners of Valley Iron, Inc. but they did not want to talk. Vacaville Fire says the company has a very good safety record, with this being their first major accident.

The employee is expected to be back to work on Monday.

Vacaville Police are doing the initial investigation until OSHA arrives.