On Tuesday afternoon August 21st, teamwork between Local 2164 and 2086 members resulted in the successful rescue of Luna, an 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. 24 hours earlier on Monday, Local 2086 members responded to assist with a dog possibly trapped under a deck. After the dog couldn’t be heard or seen, the crew left and was called back later that night when the homeowners heard the dog under the floor of their home. The decision was made to let Luna come out on her own overnight, and when she didn’t, members returned to help again.
Personnel used digging tools around the deck and foundation, but they couldn’t reach Luna without more equipment. South Metro’s Technical Rescue Team responded with the tools and expertise to safely access Luna. A structural engineer was also on site to provide guidance. While contending with heavy rain, crews used saws and a jackhammer to break apart foundation concrete and slowly tunnel their way to her. The operation took over 4 hours to complete andmembers reunited Luna with her owners. Thankfully after spending 30 hours stuck under the house, veterinarians determined that Luna was uninjured.
Incidents like this one provide a great opportunity to help the community and exercise the equipment and skills that are used to rescue people.