Technical Team Rescues Female Trapped Inside Charity Donation Box

August 10—The Seattle Fire Department Technical Rescue Team freed a woman stuck inside a charity donation box near Georgetown this morning.

At 4:34 a.m. firefighters were called to the corner of 4th Avenue South and South Mead Street for a report of a female trapped inside a four foot by four foot by six foot donation box. The 26-year old female stated she crawled inside the box to gather clothes and was crawling out when her leg became stuck in the anti-theft mechanism.  The Technical Rescue Team used several heavy tools to pry open the mechanism entrapping the female’s leg and free her.

The female patient declined medical treatment and transport.



Pickup Truck Through Phinney Ridge Starbucks

November 3—Seattle Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team members secured a Phinney Ridge Starbucks after a truck plowed through the front of the coffee shop.

At 2:52 a.m., a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a pickup truck into the front of the Starbucks located at 316 N 67th Street. When firefighters arrived, no one was inside the vehicle. The truck had plowed 6 feet into the business and took down a supporting column.

Tech Rescue Team firefighters shored up the unreinforced brick masonry building before the tow-truck could pull the pickup out. Occupants are not allowed to reoccupy the building until an engineer can determine whether it’s structurally safe.

Seattle Police Officers are investigating the collision.

Green Lake Water Rescue

August 8—Seattle Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Dive Team pulled two unconscious young males from Green Lake Thursday night after more than a half-hour water rescue search.

At 9:30 p.m. a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a possible drowning on the east end of Green Lake near the pool. When firefighter arrived they learned two young males were missing after reportedly struggling in the water about 50 yards off shore.

Witnesses saw four young men swimming in the water near a buoy. Two men came to shore. Two others stayed in the water and went under without coming back up. The witnesses, who were also swimming in the water, rushed to help. They attempted to dive and rescue the missing men but were unable to locate them. These witnesses provided vital location information to first responders which helped divers pinpoint the last known location of the victims.

Using the last known location of the victims, two Seattle Fire Divers and two Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Divers searched for the men using a grid-like pattern Also assisting on the water were, two Seattle Fire surface swimmers and firefighters in a small boat. About 30 minutes later, an approximately 24-year-old male was found about 20 feet from the initial location where he was last spotted. Rescuers rushed the unconscious, unresponsive male to a waiting medic unit where paramedics and firefighters performed CPR on the way to Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Room.

About 10 minutes later a second man was pulled from the water. He was found near the first male victim. Medics rushed the approximately 21-year-old male to Harborview Medical Center with ongoing CPR. Both males were found in 17 feet of water. The water temperature was 80 degrees.

One of the challenges for rescue crews was low visibility under and nearly a foot of silt at the bottom of the lake.

Seattle Fire and Police Chaplains were called to the scene to assist the family and friends of the victim.