Quick-thinking Clearwater firefighters are responsible for saving a 42-year-old man when his leg became trapped in a trench at a construction site Tuesday morning.
According to Clearwater Fire Rescue, the scene unfolded around 11:07 a.m. when the worker’s leg became trapped between a plate tamper and a 42-inch concrete pipe in a trench at Pierce Street and South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
Fire rescue units arrived on the scene within minutes of the call and were able to wedge wood pieces around the tamper and pipe, the agency wrote in an email to media. Hydraulic rescue tools were then used to free the man’s leg.
The construction worker, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man works for Cypress Gulf Development Corporation out of Tampa. Fire rescue says his foot and lower leg were injured in the accident.
This is the second time in recent weeks Clearwater fire rescue personnel have been called in to save an injured construction worker.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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