Firefighters in Essex rescued three men believed to be in their late teens who became trapped inside an industrial tumble dryer in Essex.
CREWS from Loughton and Harlow were called to a derelict laundry site in Bower Hill, Epping at 6.35pm on Friday, October 30.
According to Essex Fire and Rescue Service, two of the men had already climbed into the tumble dryer when a third man’s ankles became trapped in the door when he tried to crawl in.
Firefighters worked with Essex Police, Helicopter Medical Emergency Service (HEMS) and the Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to rescue the men.
Watch Manager Glenn Jackson said: “Our crews, including some relatively new recruits, were excellent and worked really hard in arduous conditions.
“It was a difficult site to access and we had to carry a lot of heavy equipment a large distance from the appliances to the tumble dryer and then use our expertise to free the men safely.
“We used a range of equipment to free the casualty’s ankles and allow him to crawl into the tumble dryer. The HEMS team gave him pain relief and we then managed to move the door, again using a range of equipment, so the men could crawl out.
“It was a really good joint effort, working with Essex Police, HEMS and HART, to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.”
The men were given pain relief and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.
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