Wilmington Fire Department Rescues Man From Elevator Shaft

Wilmington Fire Department
Wilmington Fire Department


Wilmington – At 12:57 PM Wilmington Firefighters on the C platoon were alerted to a trapped worker at 1007 North Market Street, the DuPont Building. Initial reports indicated that a worker located in the elevator shaft was involved in an unknown accident and his hand was now trapped, according to Battalion Chief John M. Looney.

Looney said upon arrival of Battalion Chief Michael Schaal, the Incident Commander, the report was verified. Chief Schaal additionally reported a conscious worker in the elevator shaft at the first floor with a hand trapped by steel weights.

Upon arrival of Squad 4 and Tower 1, crews immediately formulated an action plan to rescue the worker. Rescue operations fell under the command of Lieutenant Joseph Leonetti. Crews secured the worker and cut the entanglement away.

Skyboom 2’s crew assisted with securing the scene. The worker was freed within 15 minutes of fire department arriving on scene. The worker was turned over to St. Francis EMS and New Castle County Paramedics and transported to the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department. The scene was placed under control at 1:21 PM by Incident Commander Michael Schaal.

Approximately 27 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Squad 4, Tower 1, Skyboom 2, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, St. Francis EMS, and New Castle County Paramedics.

Wilmington Fire Department

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