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Saskatoon fire crews assist in rescue, highway fire

The person was rescued and the Dalmeny fire brought under control.

SASKATOON — Rescuing a man trapped in a garbage truck and assisting a fire in the town of Dalmeny kept the Saskatoon Fire Department busy.

At 5:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the SFD received an automatic alert from the ambulance service of a male being trapped inside a bin of a garbage truck.

A fire engine and the Battalion Chief responded to the 200 block of 1st Avenue South where fire crews identified an unknown age male, inside the bin of an automated garbage truck.

The male was not injured but needed assistance to get out of the bin and at 6:06 a.m. the SFD fire crews helped the person to get out of the bin without the use of any automatic tools.

The truck driver was alerted by the person inside the garbage truck after hearing his yells and screams. The driver stopped and saw on the truck’s camera that there was a person in the bin.

It is not known if the person was homeless and was just searching the bid for recyclables when he got trapped. He was later turned over to the ambulance service for assessment.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, at around 6:50 a.m. received a report of a structure fire at Highway 14 and Dalmeny Grid, which is within Saskatoon's city limits. 

Dispatched to the scene were two fire engines, one brush truck, a tanker and rescue unit, and the Battalion Chief to assist on the fire. A fire investigator was also requested.

First arriving fire crews reported flames coming from the metal doors of a structure and incoming crews were assigned their tactical duties. The fire was put out at 7:22 a.m.

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