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Fire District 7 and Fire District 3 firefighters rescue trapped driver and three Pomeranians

First responders had to cut away trees to free driver and dogs. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7 and 3.
First responders had to cut away trees to free driver and dogs. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7 and 3.

By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire Districts 3 and 7 Public Information and Education Officer.

On Friday, April 15, 2016, at 1:44 pm, Fire District 7 and Fire District 3 firefighters responded to a report of a car off an embankment into the woods with possible entrapment at 212th Street SE and Echo Lake Road east of Maltby.

While crews were on their way, an off duty Monroe firefighter stopped to help. He found that the driver was trapped in his vehicle but was not injured.

When crews arrived they found the vehicle down the embankment with trees on top of the vehicle. They had to cut the trees away to get to the driver.

Once they reached him and got him out safely, he was able to walk to the medic unit for evaluation.

The driver informed the crew that his three Pomeranians were still in the vehicle. Firefighters were able to rescue all three of the dogs and get them to safety.

The diver had lost control of his vehicle when his tires caught the edge of the pavement sending him down the embankment into the trees. He sustained no injuries, and was reunited with his wife and dogs.

There was a happy ending to what could have been a devastating situation. Photo courtesy of Fire Districts 3 and 7.

Monroe Fire District 3 serves the residents of Snohomish County Fire District #3 and the City of Monroe. The service area protected by Monroe Fire District 3 is 55 square miles and serves an estimated population of 30,000 residents with an average of 3,400 calls per year, 68% of which are EMS-related. The fire district utilizes a combination of career and volunteer firefighters to efficiently deliver the best possible service to local residents.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 provides fire and life safety services to 77,000 people over 55 square miles, including the City of Mill Creek. In 2015 emergency personnel responded to just under 6,000 calls, 81% of which were for Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Taxpayers in Fire District 7 have built the most advanced emergency response system in Snohomish County with highly-trained personnel, facilities, apparatus, and rescue programs.

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