At 10:30 am the Boise Fire Department (BFD) responded to an industrial accident in the 11000 block of W. Franklin Road. When the first units arrived, they encountered an excavator that had fallen into a 25-foot trench with the driver injured and trapped inside the cab. BFD’s technical rescue team was called in to extricate the man and safely hoist him out of the trench.
“Our technical rescue team is made up of 30 BFD personnel who have received additional training for these types of incredibly difficult and precarious scenarios,” said Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel. “When dealing with trench or confined space rescues, it is oftentimes would-be rescuers who find themselves in trouble trying to help. That is one of the reasons the City is committed to and always has highly trained rescue firefighters on duty.”
A Boise Fire Paramedic as well as Ada County Paramedics treated the man on scene and he was transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries. In addition to BFD’s technical rescue team, one Battalion Chief, one engine, and one ladder truck also responded to this call.