TRENCH RESCUE:

On Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 17:11 Hours (5:11 PM PST), ten Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, including two Urban Search and Rescue Companies and one Heavy Rescue Company, three LAFD Rescue Ambulances and two Battalion Officer Command Teams, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Curtis James responded to a Trench Rescue in the 3300 Block of Cahuenga Boulevard in the Cahuenga Pass area. The first Company to arrive on scene at the open-air construction site for a subterranean parking structure, reported two adult male workers trapped in an earthen berm adjacent to a retaining wall. As nearly four-dozen additional LAFD personnel arrived on scene, the first arriving Firefighters freed one victim, a 24 year-old Los Angeles man who had been trapped well above his knees by the dense damp soil. His ensnared co-worker, a 42 year-old Hollywood man, remained buried nearly to the waist. Firefighters deftly stabilized both the scene and the patient, freeing the man in twenty minutes. Each of the men had minor paint complaints, but no obvious injuries. They were transported to Cedars Sinai Medic Center for evaluation. There were no Firefighter injuries. Cal-OSHA officials will be handling the investigation into this workplace incident.