Press release from the Cortlandville Fire Department
This morning at 8:30 am., the Cortlandville Fire Department was called to Gutchess Lumber for a report of a male subject with their leg trapped in a sprocket on a piece of machinery.
Upon the arrival of firefighters, Gutchess Lumber staff had begun stabilization of the subject. Their staff applied a makeshift tourniquet and ensured all equipment was de-energized. Firefighters immediately began disassembling the machinery to free the subject. It took approximately 20 minutes for the subject to be freed from the machinery where he was transported to Upstate Hospital by TLC-EMS. Fire Department personnel cleared the scene by 9:00 am.
The Cortlandville Fire Department was assisted by TLC-EMS, Cortland County Sheriffs Department and Gutchess Lumber staff.
Earlier this year, as a result of a previous incident at Gutchess Lumber, members of the Cortlandville Fire Department took part in a Machinery Rescue class held by "Take the Door Training Llc" out of Syracuse NY. The lessons taught in this class were pivotal in the successful outcome of this incident. 30 members attended the class costing $8,000.00, which included both hands on and lecture training covering all aspects of machinery rescue.