Person rescued from being stuck in large manufacturing machine in Ventura


VENTURA, Calif. — Crews from the Ventura Fire Department rescued a person trapped in a section of a large piece of machinery at a manufacturing plant Monday morning, according to the Ventura Fire Department.

Crews responded to the 6200 block of Ventura Road just before 8 a.m. Monday for reports of a person being trapped in a large machine at a manufacturing plant, according to Battalion Chief Luis Manzano.

Crews arrived within minutes and found a large piece of manufacturing equipment with a victim trapped inside a section of the machine, Manzano said.

Firefighters secured the machine’s power sources and searched the area for additional victims.

Once no other victims were found, firefighters began a “rapid and systematic assessment” of machinery to extricate and assess the victim, Manzano said.

The victim was extracted with the help of two regional urban search and rescue teams who used special tools, equipment and techniques.

Once the victim was extracted, crews secured all openings to the machine to prevent further injury. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

The incident commander worked with the building/company owner and other support resources to determine the final machinery layout, Manzano said.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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