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MFB high angle rescue called in.

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16 Dec 2010
Two workers were trapped in their mobile scissor-lift elevated work platform when roof trusses from the building they were demolishing collapsed on them.

Date: December 15, 2010 
Time: 14:16 hours       
Call Number: 5681

Address: Corner Little Bourke St and Spencer St, Melbourne.

One worker received a head injury whilst the other was unharmed.  Without the roof support, a large nearby wall was also threatening to collapse onto them.  MFB personnel that specialise in high angle rescue techniques were called in to help with the extrication of the workers without triggering a further collapse of the building. 

The delicate operation took almost two and a half hours to complete with the injured worker being removed on a spine board to prevent any aggravation of his injuries.  He was attended to at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

A large crane was used to stabilise the wall whilst the rescue was in progress.

Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 3
Rescue units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Oher units: 1

Number of firefighters: 25

Officer in charge: Commander Lou Mele

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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