May 3, 2012 -- On May 2, 2012, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters from Engine 30 (Gateway) responded to a traffic crash on east bound Interstate 84 at the exit of NE 181st Avenue. Engine 30 arrived on-scene at 4:13 pm to find that a passenger in the back seat of the four-door vehicle was pinned in and needed to be extricated. Lieutenant Jason then called for Truck 7 (Mill Park) to bring the appropriate tools and perform the extrication of the patient.
Truck 7 arrived at the scene of the pin in at 4:26 pm because of the high volume of backed up traffic associated with the time of day and the accident itself.
The crew of Truck 7 then immediately shored the vehicle to ensure a safe working environment while simultaneously deploying the Holmatro extrication tool equipped with spreaders and shears to extricate the patient.
To free the patient from the vehicle, firefighters had to carefully remove the roof and both rear doors; the patient then could then be placed on a backboard and removed safely from the vehicle. The patient was then assessed and transported to a local area hospital.
After further scene assessment and clean up all fire crews were cleared of the scene by 4:49 pm.
HEAR SIRENS - SEE LIGHTS - MOVE TO THE RIGHT!
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds motorists that the law requires they pull to the right-hand curb to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Failure to do so can cause serious accidents or delays in ambulances, fire engines and fire trucks arriving at the scene of an emergency.
When you hear sirens or see red lights, pull to the right side of the road and stop. If you are already stopped at an intersection, move to the right if possible. Look first before moving. If there is no place to move, sit tight. If you are a pedestrian and hear sirens, stay on the curb. Do not step into the street, even after the emergency vehicle has passed. There may be more following at a distance. Keep children close to you.
When coming upon an emergency scene, move to the lanes farthest from the accident and slow down. First responders, equipment and vehicles may still be moving around the scene clearing traffic, providing medical aid, and documenting information. And please, drive with care.
Photographs courtesy of Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Rich Stenhouse.