Canby Fire District, Oregon Responds to Trapped Man


At 10:59 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2010 Canby firefighters were dispatched to a report of a man stuck in a piece of industrial equipment.

Firefighters found an adult male who had been removed from the refuse truck container pickup arm by co-workers.

Firefighter/paramedics quickly assessed the scene and activated Lifeflight at 11:04, entering the patient into the trauma system due to the critical nature of his injuries. Due to the quick thinking by firefighters and the use of Lifeflight, the patient was in the Trauma Department at OHSU within 30 minutes of the incident.

Oregon is a national leader in implementing a trauma system, a systematic approach to trauma care that ensures that the required emergency medical resources are available, and the necessary infrastructure in place, to deliver the "right" patient to the "right" hospital.