Medical personnel immediately determined that the worker suffered serious traumatic injuries.
The nature of the incident was a confined space rescue, which required the activation of the Reno Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR). The team is certified in the confined space and rope rescue techniques necessary skills to safely perform this type of rescue operation. The USAR team made entry into the confined space, packaged the patient for rescue and set up rope systems to extricate the patient safely from the manhole.
“This is another example of how our neighboring agencies worked collaboratively to serve the community on incidents such as this,” said Tim Leighton, incident commander and battalion chief from the Sierra Fire Protection District.
The 50-year-old male patient was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. At the time of this release his condition was not known.