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Sunday, November 17, 2013

SBFD: 8 Year Old Child Ok After Nearly Being Impaled on a Mechanical Gate. #CaFire #CaEMS

Eureka IC (Eureka Manor Apartments) EMS / Entrapment 

PIO Assigned:  Fire Engineer Mike Arvizo (909) 289-6679

Incident Commander:  Battalion Chief Dan Harker (909) 384-5401

Incident Date: 11/16/2013

Time of call06:17 P.M.                

Location: 1525 E. Eureka (Eureka Manor Apartments)

Number of units: 2 Medic Engine, 1 Truck Companies, 1 Battalion Chief

Number of firefighters: 9 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officers

Fatalities/Injuries:  One 8 Year Old Child Injured

Property Loss/Damage: Undetermined

Property Saved: Undetermined

Additional Information:
  • SBFD units responded to a report of a child stuck between a wall and an electric rolling gate.
  • Upon arrival, the first unit found a large crowd gathered attempting to free the child that was hanging about 6 feet off the ground on an electric apartment complex rolling gate.  
  • It took approximately 20 minutes to free the child by cutting away surrounding wrought iron fencing.
  • It did appear that the child was initially impaled on the wrought iron fence.
  • Upon extrication, it was determined that the child had actually been pinned in between 1/4" steel and wrought iron ornamental spikes with no penetration.
  • The wrought iron portion of the fence was bent due to the pressure exerted on it by the childs body.
  • The child was last seen by fire crews in stable condition at a local area hospital.
Source: San Bernardino City Fire Department Press Release

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