Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded on the afternoon of May 30, 2024, to a reported technical rescue in the 1100 block of Audubon Road.

Emergency Communications was contacted at 1617 for a reported technical rescue. Upon arrival of Engine 9 and Medic 9, crews found an adult male that fell in a large hole that was being excavated by a large excavator.  The operator of the excavator stepped out of the machine and fell approximately 30 feet into the pit. The pit was about 20-foot wide and the fall caused injury to the excavator operator.  Engine 9’s and Medic 9’s crew entered the pit using a ground ladder and administered emergency medical care while the technical rescue team and Ladder 6 set up an overhead anchor and rigged a haul system to raise the operator from the bottom of the pit. Once the operator was raised, Medic 9 transported the operator with moderate injuries to a local hospital.  The operator was removed at 1706.

Responding units included Car 1, Car 6, Car 7, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 9, Engine 9, Engine 1, Engine 2, Ladder 6, Rescue 1, Medic 9, Medic 1, Tech Trailer, EMS 1, Fire Marshal 8, Safety 1, and SPD.

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