A person whose legs were trapped under a vehicle at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford was transported to an area hospital after being freed by West Hartford firefighters.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford firefighters were able to successfully free a person who became trapped under a vehicle Thursday afternoon by utilizing the “Jaws of Life” hydraulic spreaders, along with a TL-9 stabilization device, to lift the vehicle.
The incident happened just after 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mandell JCC, Battalion Chief Eric Munsell said. The female victim’s legs had become pinned under the tire of a vehicle.
Members of Engine 5 were first to respond, and found the patient trapped under the car, “conscious and alert, but unable to move,” officials said.
Engine 1 resounded shortly thereafter, and deployed the “Jaws of Life” with the TL-9 stabilizer. Battalion Chief 4 responded as well.
The patient was removed from under the vehicle within three minutes, fire officials said, and transported to an area hospital by American Medical Response, along with a West Hartford Fire Department paramedic, with what Munsell said were non-life-threatening injuries.
Firefighter Anthony Leca, who was on the crew responding from Engine 1, was actually the person who designed the TL-9 tool, and has just received the patent for it, Munsell said. It is now being used by fire departments across the country and even internationally.
“It helps our spreader tools become a very efficient lifting tool,” Munsell said. “It’s quick and easy to deploy for cases like this.”
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