Stittsville fire services, paramedics and police kept busy over past two days

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting smoke visible at a commercial garage located at 5 Sweetnam Drive (Crypt Auto Care) on May 28 around 8:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, fire fighters reported smoke visible in one bay of a single storey multiple bay building. The fire fighters entered the bay to find a vehicle on a hoist and fully in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished. Another vehicle and the bay sustained smoke damage. The adjoining bays were protected from any damage. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries. An Ottawa Fire Investigator will not be requested to look into the cause of the fire.

This morning at 11:45, Ottawa Paramedics, Ottawa Fire and Ottawa Police responded to a 911 call at Ladybird and Sirocco in Stittsville to assist with a waste disposal employee whose forearm was trapped in the back loader of a garbage truck.

A surgical team from the Ottawa Hospital were contacted and sent to the scene because of the complexity of the entrapped forearm. It was anticipated that a possible field amputation may have to take place. An Ornge helicopter was also asked to attend the scene.

With the aid of an employee from the waste disposal company, first responders were able to free the arm from the truck prior to the surgical team’s arrival. The 30-year-old patient was transferred to the Ottawa Trauma Centre at the Civic Hospital by the Ornge Flight Paramedics in serious, but stable condition.

Through the amazing team efforts of all those on site, the patient’s arm was saved from amputation.


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